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  • Declaration of State of Emergency

     

    BREAKING NEWS: The Federal Government Has Declared a State of Emergency. for those of you who don't have any idea about the state of emergency read this carefully. 
    Article 93
    Declaration of State of Emergency
    1. (a) The Council of Ministers of the Federal Government shall have the power to decree a state of emergency, should an external invasion, a break down of law and order which endangers the Constitutional order and which cannot be controlled by the regular law enforcement agencies and personnel, a natural disaster, or an epidemic occur.
    (b) Sate executives can decree a State-Wide state of emergency should a natural disaster or an epidemic occur. Particulars shall be determined in State Constitutions to be promulgated in conformity with this Constitution.
    2. A state of emergency declared in accordance with sub-Article 1(a) of this Article:
    (a)
    If declared when the House of Peoples’ Representatives is in session, the decree shall be submitted to the House within forty-eight hours of its declaration. The decree, if not approved by a two-thirds majority vote of members of the House of Peoples' Representatives, shall be repealed forthwith.
    (b)
    Subject to the required vote of approval set out in (a) of this sub-Article, the decree declaring a state of emergency when the House of
    Peoples’ Representatives is not in session shall be submitted to it within fifteen days of its adoption.
    3.
    A state of emergency decreed by the Council of Ministers, if approved by the House of Peoples’ Representatives, can remain in effect up to six months. The House of Peoples’ Representatives may, by a two-thirds majority vote, allow the state of emergency proclamation to be renewed every four months successively.
    4.
    (a) When a state of emergency is declared, the Council of Ministers shall, in accordance with regulations it issues, have all necessary power to protect the country’s peace and sovereignty, and to maintain public security, law and order.
    (b)
    The Council of Ministers shall have the power to suspend such political and democratic rights contained in this Constitution to the extent necessary to avert the conditions that required the declaration of a state of emergency.
    (c)
    In the exercise of its emergency powers the Council of Ministers can not, however, suspend or limit the rights provided for in Articles 1, 18, 25, and sub-Articles 1 and 2 of Article 39 of this Constitution.
    5.
    The House of Peoples’ Representatives, while declaring a state of emergency, shall simultaneously establish a State of Emergency Inquiry Board, comprising of seven persons to be chosen and assigned by the House from among its members and from legal experts.
    6.
    The State of Emergency Inquiry Board shall have the following powers and responsibilities:
    (a)
    To make public within one month the names of all individuals arrested on account of the state of emergency together with the reasons for their arrest.
    (b)
    To inspect and follow up that no measure taken during the state of emergency is inhumane.
    (c)
    To recommend to the Prime Minister or to the Council of Ministers corrective measures if it finds and case of inhumane treatment.
    (d)
    To ensure the prosecution of perpetrators of inhumane acts.
    (e)
    To submit its views to the House of Peoples’ Representatives on a request to extend the duration of the state of emergency.

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  • Colonel Demeke Zewdo At Court

    Colonel Demeke Zewdu is appearing in court in Gonder tomorrow, according to social media sources. Demeke Zewudu is under arrest in Gonder following fateful incident involving him and security forces who were believed to have come from Tigray regions with what appeared to be illegitimate arrest warrant.

    Exchange of fire between the security forces and Colonel Demeke left at least two security forces dead.

     

     

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  • Ethiopian PM Blames Olympic Protest on U.S.-Based Dissenters

     

     

    When Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa held his arms in an “X” as he crossed the finish line for a silver medal last month at the Rio Olympics, he says he was culminating a political protest he’d planned for months. But top Ethiopian officials say he was put up to the stunt by U.S.-based opposition groups in order to protest the government’s crackdown on demonstrations and further fuel controversial secessionist movements at home and in neighboring Eritrea.

    Speaking to Foreign Policy in an exclusive interview from the living room of his suite at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said he strongly believes that groups of anti-government Ethiopians based in the United States convinced the athlete to use the Summer Games as a protest venue. He also figures they helped get him from a Rio hotel to Washington, D.C. in time for a televised press conference last week.

    “It’s me who sent him to Rio for the Olympics, and we expected him to come back after winning the medal,” Hailemariam said, specifically naming members of the Oromo Liberation Front as having likely contributed to Feyisa’s protest. 

    “This is not the capacity of the man himself. It’s something which has been orchestrated by someone else from outside.”

    The OLF did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Feyisa could not be reached for comment, but he told the Washington Post earlier this month that Oromo sympathizers helped him with his U.S. visa application.

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