Ethiopia’s Prime Minister resigns after mass unrest

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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said on Thursday, that 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.

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

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

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“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. “…

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

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