Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigns

  • Ethiopia’s prime minister has resigned on February 15, 2018 amid amid protracted anti-government protests.
  • Mr Hailemariam Desalegn was in power since 2012. 
  • His stepping down is seen as an unprecedented even in the east African country.
  • Since 2015 , many people have died in violence sparked initially by an urban development plan for the capital, Addis Ababa.  
  •  Hailemariam, succeeded the former Marxist rebel Meles Zenawi in 2012, under whom he had served as deputy prime minister and foreign minister.
  • In 2015, months of anti-government demonstrations spread across Ethiopia, prompting parliament to declare a 10-month nationwide state of emergency in October 2016.  

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