It was announced today Friday the 16th ,a day after the snap resignation of prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
According to the state-run Ethiopian News Agency, Desalegn resigned both as prime minister and chairman of the ruling party “to be part of the efforts to provide a lasting solution to the current situation.” He added that he would stay on until a successor was choosen.
The state of emergency was declared by the Council of Ministers, the Ethiopian government’s cabinet.
Local media said the measure is effective as of Friday, but it was not immediately clear how long it would last.
Although Ethiopia is ostensibly a democracy, its ruling coalition controls 100 percent of the Parliament, and critics say the nation is dominated by the northern Tigrayan minority, which makes up 6 percent of the population.
Fighting also broke out last year between Oromos and the country’s ethnic Somalis, killing hundreds and displacing a million people, according to the International Organization for Migration. Despite repeated government assurances that the strife is under control, reports still surface of continued violence.