State of Emergency Declared

19 Feb 2018

PRESS RELEASE

The Council of Ministers of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia declared a six-month State of Emergency, effective from Friday 16th February 2018, in accordance with Article 93 of the Ethiopian Constitution.

The State of Emergency was declared to protect the constitution and constitutional order, as well as ensure the security and stability of the country and ensure freedom of movement and the rights of citizens to live wherever they choose and build assets.

Appropriate protection will be given to service delivery institutions, businesses and public institutions to prevent interruption in their services.

The Government of Ethiopia remains committed to ensuring all fundamental human rights are observed, as stipulated in Ethiopia’s constitution.

The State of Emergency will be extended, if deemed necessary. Further details of the decree will be announced by the Command Post in due course.

—ENDS—

For further information, please contact the Press Office on 0207 838 3883 or 07563 582009; press@ethioembassy.org.uk

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