Ethiopia MPs to decide on extension or lifting of state of emergency – Africa News

By Asad Cabdullahi Mataan

Ethiopia’s parliament will meet on Friday to decide whether or not to extend the state of emergency imposed since October last year.

Originally imposed for a six-month period, the state of emergency is in its tenth month after it was extended by four months upon the first expiration in March 2017.

The move was occasioned by spreading anti-government protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions of the East African country. A local news portal, the Addis Standard launched an appeal to MPs to end the state of emergency.