Ethiopia Extends Emergency Law

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Ethiopia’s Parliament has voted to extend the state of emergency by four months. Tabled today, March 29, 2017, a bill titled “State of Emergency Proclamation for the Maintenance of Public Peace and Security Renewal” was voted to pass as a law, extending a six-month similar proclamation decreed in October 2016, for the first time in the 25-year rule of the EPRDF. There was no objection registered by MPs.

Siraj Fegessa, minister of Defense and secretary of the Command Post entrusted to enforce the emergency law, told the all-EPRDF dominated Parliament, the Command Post, chaired by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, wanted to see the emergency decree extended to reinforce “the peace and stability which is gained after Parliament declared the state of the emergency.”

The first state of emergency is declared after violent public protests in the Amhara and Oromia regional states over the previous two years, causing loss of lives and damage to properties.

The decree is amended twice since October, lifting the curfews imposed near industrial sites and mega projects. It also restricted the Command Post from carrying out arrests of suspects without having court warrants, and lifte the travel restriction set on diplomats. The extension followed Prime Minister Hailemariam’s signal to Parliament two weeks ago that “the majority of people the government surveyed wanted to see the emergency law is extended.”

Source: Addis Fortune Newspaper

4 Comments

  1. Hello!! EPRDF!!! You are doing a wonderful job!! You were born from the people Ethiopia!!! We always follow you!!! For the sake of our peoples’ security and peace any action could be taken first. It is our existence!!!! No matter the said couldn’t wash our morning faces. Bravo!! Bravo!! Bravo!!!

  2. This just shows that Woyane is scared. The struggle is advancing. Keep on fighting back, my people. The end is near. There is no better evidence than this extension of military rule.

  3. However much Woyane Frantically tries to gag the angry nation, it will face the music big time.

    Our forefathers had forgiven the traitor forebears of most of the TPLF men who were fighting Ethiopia in Fascist Italian uniforms. Meles Zenawi’s grandfather shumbash Asres was a prominent mercenary. Triumphant Ethiopians had forgiven those Tigres out of magnanimity.

    One wonders Ethiopians who are witnessing the destruction of the motherland under the stewardship of Woyane Tigres, waging genocides, carry out spates of massacres, incarcerate hundreds of thousands of innocent Ethiopians and commit a series of acts of treason and plunder the state as well as individuals, would be so lucky.
    Long live Ethiopia

  4. Siraj Fegessa and the so-called members of Ethiopian parliament will be held accountable for conniving with the occupation force of TPLF as soon as the day of reckoning beckons.

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