Resignation of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister

Photo By Keith Bedford/Reuters

Photo By Keith Bedford/Reuters

"Unrest and a political crisis have led to the loss of lives and displacement of many,"  Hailemariam Desalegn said. "I see my resignation as vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy."

The resignation of Hailemariam Desalegn was influenced by protests that has been ongoing for the last three years. According to Hailemariam Desalegn, he has stepped down as part of the solution for his country. Three years of protesting and demands of political freedoms for the Oromo and Amhara people have been the highlight of this uproar. These two groups make up a large part of Ethiopia’s population yet they  . 

What is fueling the protest?

Causes for the protest stem from marginalization of the Oromo and Amhara people and land grabs. The factories that are being built are on the land of farmers, which is causing displacement, an increase in poverty and death. Citizens are also claiming mistreatment from police, wrongful arrest and harassment but the government says these accusations are false. 

Siraj Fegessa Ethiopia’s defense minster declared a six month state of emergency in hopes of government reform allowing political freedom. Following the announcement, the largest release of prisoners led to the resignation of the Prime Minster. Releasing more than 5,000 political prisoners could have been the beginning of change for Ethiopia, but the state of emergency changed that hope. The government claimed the state of emergency was not to control the protestors, but arrest those who had planned an attack against the government. 

Opposition politician, Yilikal Getnet told The Associated Press “Political infighting between members of the ruling party has caused a serious fracture to the political establishment here,” he insinuated that the prime minister comes from a minority background could have also played a role in his resignation. “There is no unity within the government. Plus the mass movement of people has rendered the party powerless and was pitting one official against the other,” Yilikal stated. 

Why in 2018 are we still fighting for basic human rights and freedom?

What’s next for Ethiopia? 

Who will be the next Prime Minister?

Article by Kalyn Kearney 

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