Ethiopian Parliament Votes to End State of Emergency

Parliament under Ethiopia's authoritarian regime voted to lift the state of emergency that was imposed three months ago.

(VOA)–Ethiopian lawmakers voted Tuesday to lift a state of emergency imposed three months ago across the country to curb widespread anti-government protests.

The ending of the emergency rule two months before it was due to expire is the most significant reform so far by the country's young new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has promised change.

The controversial emergency rule, imposed in mid-February after deadly protests, mainly in the Oromia and Amhara regions, led to several hundred arrests.

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