Ethiopia: hundreds of jailed without trial

More than thousand people have been arrested in Ethiopia since the nation declared a state of emergency following the prime minister’s resignation last month, according to state media reports.

“They were detained for killing peaceful civilians and security forces, setting houses and financial institutions ablaze, illicit movement of firearms, destroying government and public institutions (and) blocking roads,” Fana reported, quoting Tadesse Hordofa, the chairman of inquiry board.

Hailemariam Desalegn‘s abrupt resignation came after more than two years of anti-government protests and increasing schizm in the ruling party.

The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has for the first time picked an ethnic Oromo, Abiy Ahmed, to be its new leader.

Abiy Ahmed  is appointed to be sworn in as prime minister early next week.

The state-affiliated Fana Broadcast Corporate said 1,107 people have been detained for violating the emergency decree, which suspends the constitution and permits the police to hold people without trial.

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