Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Ethiopian Prime Minister offers resignation

Ethiopian Prime Minister offers resignation

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn submitted his resignation on Thursday, in a bid to ease political turmoil in the country.

Hailemariam Desalegn's announcement that he was stepping down was, on the face of it, a highly unusual moment in Africa.

Hailemariam cited that goal in his resignation, saying he intended "to become part of the solution".

"We know that we are in the process of achieving these reforms", he told the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation.

A statement from the Ethiopian Embassy in the United Kingdom said the Ethiopia Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) was due to hold a Congress at which Desalegn's successor will be named.

Hailemariam will remain in office until parliament and the EPRDF coalition confirm his resignation.

It was not clear who would replace Hailemariam.

It has a history of separatist rebellion against Addis Ababa, fuelled in large part by resentment at its low level of development.

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ETHIOPIA'S PRIME minister Hailemariam Desalegn, has resigned amid protracted anti-government protests.

"Our land can't continue being taken from us". Growth has slowed in recent years amid severe droughts and social unrest.

"There's a general consensus that the way he handled the crises was not all that good", Hallelujah said.

"Because of the dangers the constitution and the constitutional system is facing, we have reached the point where it is hard to keep the law in the usual way", it added.

More than 6,000 political prisoners have been freed since January as the government struggles to placate simmering anger among the two largest ethnic groups, the Oromo and Amharic, who complain they are under-represented in the country's corridors of power.

In a statement released yesterday, Desalegn said: "In an effort to address the challenges now facing the country in light of the public's legitimate demands for development, democracy and good governance, the EPRDF and the government have commenced a number of reforms".

"He is unable to control the party and he is unable to control the government, and I think it is the right decision that he resigned", Hallelujah said.

The government was further pressured when clashes erupted late a year ago between the Oromo and Somali ethnicities that would go on to kill hundreds and, per a United Nations estimate, displace one million people.

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