Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Ethiopia's diplomatic travel ban ends as 'peace restored'

(Nov 09, (bbc))--Ethiopia has lifted a ban on diplomats travelling more than 40km (25 miles) from the capital Addis Ababa without permission, state media report.

The ban was imposed under last month's state of emergency and has been lifted because relative peace and security has been restored, Defence Minister Siraj Fegessa was quoted as saying.  Ethiopia has recently faced an unprecedented wave of violent protests.

But Mr Fegessa said the situation nationwide was now much more stable.  He said the travel ban - imposed for the safety of diplomats - was being lifted because it was "unthinkable" that the security threat was so serious. Read more from BBC »

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