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>> Ethiopia has announced a state of emergency in the country will last for six months. It comes after the East African nation's prime minister resigned. Hailemariam Desalegn surprised many when he quit during a televised speech, saying he wanted to smooth the way for further reforms. Ethiopia's defense minister said putting the state of emergency in place was crucial, as pockets of violence still exists in parts of the country.
He's also banned publications that incite violence and protests. That decisions comes after the release of more than 6,000 prisoners charged with taking part in mass protests, and in some cases offenses against the state. Many of those prisoners took part in anti-government protests in 2015 and 2016 in Amhara and Oromia, the countries two most populous provinces.
The demonstrations began against a government plan to expand the capital, Addis Ababa, but morphed into greater demands for civil rights. Hundreds of people died in violence during those protests. Now, Desalegn says he will stay on in a caretaker role until a new Prime Minister is named. This isn't the first State of Emergency in Ethiopia in recent times.
The government last imposed one in October, 2016, which was lifted a year later. During that time, curfews were in place, there were restrictions on movement, and around 29,000 people were detained. Ethiopia is East Africa's biggest and faster growing economy and a western ally in the fight against Islamist militancy