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Ethiopia Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn Resigns

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Ethiopian premier Hailemariam Desalegn has announced his resignation from office.

Uganda's Museveni and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Courtesy Photo
Uganda’s Museveni and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Courtesy Photo

Hailemariam Desalegn communicated his resignation in a televised address on Thursday.

Hailemariam Desalegn has been premier since 2012.

He also resigned from his position as head of the ruling coalition.

Hailemariam Desalegn said his move was “vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy”.


A state of emergency in Ethiopia ended only last year.

There were protests in Oromia and Amhara regions for months now, some beginning as far as 2015.

Oromia and Amhara are Ethiopia’s largest regions.

The protests claimed scores on lives as security agencies engaged protesters.

Now, with Hailemariam Desalegn’s resignation, thousands of political prisoners have been freed.


According to Hailemariam Desalegn’s resignation announcement, he is now caretaker premier.

He will leave office after parliament and the governing coalition have blessed his resignation.

This will then see the two bodies — parliament and governing coalition — choose Hailemariam Desalegn’s successor.

Hailemariam Desalegn’s resignation comes hours after South Africa’s Jacob Zuma resigned following pressure from ANC party.

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