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Ethiopia cabinet drafts early end to state of emergency
Ethiopia's cabinet has approved a draft law that would bring an early end to the six-month state of
emergency imposed in February.
The government said law and order had been restored in the country.
The three years of deadly protests by the country's two largest ethnic groups - the Oromo and the
Amhara - appear to have come to an end.
Thousands of political prisoners have been released and other reforms promised.
The draft will be sent to parliament which is expected to endorse it as all MPs are from the
The move to lift the state of emergency two months early shows how far Ethiopia has come since
the new Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, came to power, says BBC World Service Africa Editor, Mary
His predecessor, Hailemariam Desalegn, resigned unexpectedly in February following three
years of opposition protests.
Mr Abiy comes from the country's biggest ethnic group, the Oromo, which has long complained of
But the situation remains precarious, our correspondent adds.
Millions of Ethiopians have not benefited from the country's impressive economic growth and the
political arena has, for years, been dominated by a tiny elite.
A number of grievances have driven popular protests throughout Ethiopia over the last three years.
Opposition groups want the governing Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front to
relinquish its control on power and allow the opposition to operate freely.
Many Oromos feel that despite being the country's largest group, they have been marginalised
politically, economically and culturally for years.
Additionally, some from the Amhara community have raised concerns over the dominance of the
small Tigrinya group.
Across the country, there have been complaints about human rights violations over the last few
years, with political dissidents being imprisoned, tortured and killed.