Ethiopia extends State of Emergency for additional four months

Addis Ababa, March 30, 2017 (FBC) – The House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) has today decided to extend the nationwide State of Emergency for additional four months.

The House unanimously voted to extend the State of Emergency after discussing on remarks presented by the State of Emergency Inquiry Board for its extension.

Siraj Fegessa, Secretariat of the State of Emergency Command Post and Minister of Defense, attributed the reason for the extension to the existence of some people who occasionally strive to disrupt peace and security.    

Moreover, its extension is needed so as to take the prevailing relatively good peace and security situations to the point of no return, he added.

The survey conducted across the country confirmed that the people needed the state of emergency be extended for additional time, according to Siraj.

The House urged the Inquiry Board to ensure that no human rights are violated during the conduct of the State of Emergency.    

Moreover, it urged the Command Post established to oversee the implementation of the State of Emergency, to give due attention towards bringing durable peace and security at border areas.     

Ethiopia declared a six-month State of Emergency last October following the unrest occurred in some parts of the country.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat