Ethiopian parliament lifts emergency rule ahead of schedule

The HoPR, the Ethiopian parliament's lower house, decided to lift the emergency rule ahead of its deadline

Ethiopian parliament lifts emergency rule ahead of schedule

The HoPR, the Ethiopian parliament's lower house, decided to lift the emergency rule ahead of its deadline

05 June 2018 Tuesday 19:08
Ethiopian parliament lifts emergency rule ahead of schedule

ADDIS ABABA

The Ethiopian House of People's Representatives (HoPR) on Tuesday approved a bill to lift the six-month state of emergency rule that was sanctioned in mid-February.

The HoPR, the Ethiopian parliament's lower house, decided to lift the emergency rule ahead of its deadline, saying the East African country is currently in a better situation, politically and security-wise.

Security conditions have now reached the level where they can be controlled by the regular law enforcement system, according to the approved bill.

The bill to lift the six-month martial law, which had a possibility of extension period if security situation had not been improved, was initially endorsed by the Ethiopian Council of Ministers on Saturday.

The HoPR, which is exclusively dominated by the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, approved the bill to lift the martial law without any objection and only 8 members of the parliament abstained from the vote.

Members of the parliament also indicated the importance to lift the state of emergency, saying that it is affecting the country's economy as well as the tourism sector.

The emergency rule had been effective since mid-February, which the Ethiopian government previously said was necessary to protect the country's constitution and the safety of citizens and their property from the dangers that would arise from widespread violent demonstrations that erupted in different parts of the country since the second half of 2016.

The emergency rule had prohibited possession of armaments at public areas or transferring firearms to the third party as well as providing support to activities which affect the peace and well-being of citizens.

The decree, among other things, also prohibited issuing a statement on security matters without the permission of the Command Post, distributing erroneous information that contradicts the law and the directives issued by the Command Post. It also forbids carrying weapons in unauthorized regions of the country.

The state of emergency also outlined curfews prohibiting movement of individuals around infrastructures, investment areas and other related places.

Xinhua

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