Ethiopia has extended a nationwide state of emergency, imposed in October to curb an unprecedented wave of anti-government protests, by four months, the state-linked Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) reports .
Defence Minster Siraj Fegessa is quoted as saying that the extension is needed because there are still “some people who occasionally strive to disrupt peace and security”.
Ethiopia’s parliament unanimously approved the extension, and urged the security forces to avoid committing human rights violations, FBC reports.
Opposition and rights groups have condemned the state of emergency, saying it is being used to crush legitimate dissent in the country.
The ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has been in power since 1991.
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