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Ethiopia’s prime minister submits resignation letter: Report



ADDIS ABABA, Ethi­o­pia — Ethio­pian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn submitted his resignation in a televised announcement on Thursday amid political turmoil in Africa’s fastest growing economy.

The announcement came just after the government released hundreds of political prisoners, including some of the most prominent opposition members in the country, sparking massive celebrations in the cities and towns around the country.

A staunch U.S. ally in the fight against terrorism and the second most populous country in Africa, Ethi­o­pia is a regional powerhouse with grand economic ambitions but it has seethed with social unrest for the past few years and thousands have been imprisoned including top opposition figures.

According to the state Ethio­pian News Agency, Desalegn resigned both as prime minister and chair of the ruling party “to be part of the efforts to provide lasting solution to the current situation.”

Earlier in the week, there had been widespread demonstrations by the country’s Oromo people, the largest ethnic group, over the perceived slow pace of prisoner releases promised in Janua

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