Ethiopian government lifted the state of emergency today
Tigrai Online, August 4, 2017
The Ethiopian parliament lifted the state of emergency after ten months after it was imposed on October 9, 2016. Mr. Siraj Fegessa, Ethiopian Minister of Defense who is also the head of the Command Post presented his report to the parliament before the government body decided to left the state of emergency.
The Ethiopian government declared state of emergency after public unrest erupted in some parts of the country led by armed hooligans and instigated by the Egyptian security services and by their puppets in Eritrea.
Egypt and Eritrea tried to take advantage of the public outcry against corruption, lack of Good governance, and other mistreatment in the country to dismantle Ethiopia or to overthrow the EPRDF government. They did everything they can to create conflict between people like what they did in Gonder and other towns of Amhara region. The Eritrean government has provided thousands of weapons to the armed marauders running around in Gonder, Metmea, Bahirdar, Debark, and other small towns in Amhara state pillaging, killing, and deporting thousands of civilians.
The Command Post’s report indicated that the security and stability of the country is in a better shape now than it was ten months ago.
The reason the government decided to lift the state of emergency is said because the situation on the ground has been improving and can be controlled by the regional security forces such as police.
"We have been able to deal with armed terrorists, anti-peace elements and troublemakers," Mr. Siraj Fegessa Ethiopian Defense Minister said in his report. The minister told parliament there are some people in custody and their case is in the court system.
The state of emergency was initially declared for six months, but the government extended it by four months.
Mr. Siraj Fegessa, Ethiopian Minister of Defense says in the past ten months federal and state security forces have gained a valuable lesson in working together in a coordinated manner.
The cost of last year’s public unrest in human life, material, potential investment, tourism, and image of the country is tremendous. We are not sure how this is going to play out considering a week ago there were demonstrations in some parts of the country despite the state of emergency.