Ethiopia: parliament lifts state of emergency

Ethiopia: parliament lifts state of emergency

Ethiopian parliament on Tuesday voted for an early end to a six-month state of emergency, effective immediately, adding to signs that a bloody conflict between the government and rebellious Tigrayan forces could be easing, Reuters reports.

It follows the proposal by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s cabinet last month to end the emergency period.

The state of emergency gave the government power to detain citizens without charge and search homes without a warrant. Thousands of Tigrayan civilians were rounded up and held in prisons and warehouses.

Ethiopia imposed the order in November after Tigrayan forces invaded two other regions, threatening the capital.

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