Ethiopia’s Prime Minister resigns

FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn speaks during an interview with Reuters at his office in the capital Addis Ababa, October 10, 2013. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on Thursday he had submitted his resignation as both premier and the chairman of the ruling coalition in an effort to facilitate reforms following a period of mass unrest.

Hundreds of people have died in violence sparked initially by an urban development plan for the capital Addis Ababa.

The unrest spread in 2015 and 2016 as demonstrations against political restrictions and human rights abuses broke out.

“Unrest and a political crisis have led to the loss of lives and displacement of many,” Hailemariam said in a televised address to the nation.

“… I see my resignation as vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy,” he said.

Hailemariam said he would stay on as prime minister in a caretaker capacity until the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and the country’s parliament accepted his resignation and named a new premier.



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  • Steve

    These are men who truly love their people and country. It shows a lot of humility to give way for someone else to try. This is a strange practice for nigerian leaders who think they are the only ones who have the silver bullet to the nation’s enormous problems. I duff my hat to you Mr Desalgne.

  • No Bull …..

    Mr Desalgne earns my respect unlike our own ‘African hero’ who embarked on a world tour for conceding defeat in an election he lost fair and square.

  • Okokondem

    Just like that? Imagine the selflessness, and the personal commitment to the progress of the country. How you know Nigeria is in deep s**t is no one in our society will be willing to make such sacrifice. Take for instance Buhari, regardless of his reasons for seeking the office nearly 3 years ago, is in over his head but wouldn’t heed advice to limit his ambitions to the one term served.

    Until Nigerians learn to be selfless in the service of their country, and until there’s unequivocal consequences for betrayal of public trust, progress will be difficult.