Major News of the Day
The day started with a breaking news of Prime Minister Dessalegn Hailemariam resigning from his role as chair of EPRDF and prime minister of Ethiopia.
Ethiopia’s prime minister has submitted a letter of resignation in a surprise move that comes amid protracted anti-government protests.
The resignation of Hailemariam Desalegn, who has been in power since 2012, was reported by the state-affiliated broadcaster Fana on Thursday and follows a nationwide state of emergency last year. His stepping down is unprecedented in the east African country.
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.
Watch his resignation in his own words: https://www.facebook.com/ebc1news/videos/1818685118163356/
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