Ethiopia briefs Addis-based diplomats on State of Emergency

Addis Ababa, February 20, 2018 (FBC) –Ethiopia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, today briefed Addis Ababa-based diplomatic community on the nationwide State of Emergency declared last Friday.

The country has been returning to its previous peace and stability following the declaration of the State of Emergency, the Minister said.

Instabilities were observed in some parts of the country at a time when the government of Ethiopia has been doing its level best to widen the political space, he told the diplomats.

The instabilities were resulted in losses of life and damages in properties, Dr Workneh added.

Since it was impossible to control these problems of peace and instability by the regular law enforcement, the Council of Ministers declared the decree on February 16, 2018, he said.

The decree has a significant contribution to protect the constitution and the constitutional order as well as to ensure peace and protect the properties of the people, Dr Workneh indicated.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who tendered resignation to be part of the solution for the current problems of the country, will remain at his post until his replacement is elected by the Parliament, he added.    

Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Thomas Kwesi Quartey, said Ethiopia’s peace and stability is crucial not only for the country but also the region.


The Deputy Chairperson backs government’s ongoing reform programs and urged others to support the reform by refraining from violence, according to Meles Alem, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who attended the event.

During the meeting, members of the diplomatic community forwarded various ideas and expressed their concern on the decree.

The Ambassadors also urged the government to scale up the efforts it has been making to widen the political platform and create inclusive political system.

They said the government should protect the peace and stability of the country as well as property of its citizens.

European Union Ambassador to Ethiopia, Johan Borgstam, told FBC after the meeting that the State of Emergency would have a significant contribution towards maintaining peace and stability in the country.

However, it could affect investment, he said, adding “it will be good if the duration of the decree is short.”

Ambassador of the Netherlands to Ethiopia, Bengt van Loosdrecht, said the decree would help protect from damages properties of investors who invested in the country.

Ambassadors of various countries have also expressed their support for the State of Emergency and pledged to do their parts for its implementation.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat