Ethiopian Parliament lifts the 6-month state of emergency

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The Ethiopian Parliament has voted today to lift the 6-month state of emergency that was declared four months ago.

The Parliament has ended the controversial state of emergency law by approving a drafted bill that was submitted by the Council of Ministers on Sunday.

The state of emergency law was introduced in February in response to widespread protests in Oromia and Amhara regions of Ethiopia.

The law had given the military extraordinary and unconstitutional powers to stop the protests. But it made the civil unrest worse. The protests stopped only after a new prime minister, Dr Abiy Ahmed, was appointed in April who released thousands of political prisoners.