Ethiopia’s prime minister resigns and the military could take over

The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn on Thursday in a televised address to the nation announced  that  he has submitted a letter requesting to resign from his role as Prime Minister and Chairman of Ethiopia’s ruling party Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

This comes a few hours after Jacob Zuma announced his resignation.

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

Following Hailemariam’s resignation, a source close to the government told Addis Standard that the Council of  ministers is set to declare a state of emergency for three months as of this morning, The military will be in charge through a command post, which will be “reporting to the Prime Minister.

Ethiopia has seen a lot of violence wave sine 2015 which was initially caused by an urban development plan in the capital, Addis Ababa. The unrest spread as demonstrations against political restrictions and human rights abuses broke out and it has led to the death of many people. Ethiopia’s two major ethnic groups, Oromia and Amhara have been in the forefront of these protests.

Hailemariam Desalegn was elected prime minister of Ethiopia in 2012. He was also elected chairman of  Ethiopia’s ruling party, the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), in its regular meeting held in 2012.