Monday, February 26, 2018

UN welcomes resignation of Ethiopian PM

(Feb 26, (UNITED NATIONS))--The United Nations on Friday welcomed the resignation of Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn "to allow further political reforms in the country aimed at widening democratic space."

"The United Nations takes note of the recent decision by the prime minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, to resign to allow further political reforms to take place in the country aimed at widening democratic space," said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric in a statement. "The government of Ethiopia has expressed the intention to continue with implementation of governance reforms and increase participation in the political process.

he United Nations welcomes the steps so far undertaken in that direction, including the release of detainees," said the statement. The world organization considers Ethiopia a valued partner in the Horn of Africa and the African continent, and will continue to support the government and people of Ethiopia in implementing reforms that would enhance governance, stability and development, it said.

The United Nations also takes note of the recent declaration of a state of emergency and stresses the importance of avoiding actions that would infringe on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of citizens, the peace, security and stability of the country, or impact on the delivery of humanitarian assistance, said the statement.

Desalegn offered to resign on Thursday in what he said was an effort to advance reforms aimed at easing the country's political unrest. Read more from UN »  

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