The Ethiopia Council of Ministers on Wednesday declared a six-month state of emergency in the country’s northern Tigray regional state.
According to the council, the decision was made to maintain the country’s peace, the safety and security of its citizens and to prevent acts that may lead to further unrest and instability.
A State of Emergency Task Force in Ethiopia, led by the chief of staff of the armed forces and composed of representatives from pertinent institutions and accountable to the prime minister, has been established, the council said.
The move came after rising tension in recent weeks between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Prosperity Party and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, with each side accusing the other of trying to destabilize the country.
Earlier, Ahmed ordered military operations in Tigray in response to deadly attacks by traitorous force on Ethiopian Defense Force personnel stationed in the region.