Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has this afternoon resigned.
The resignation follows lethal anti-government protests after the government last year announced a state of emergency. But this ended late last year. The political pressure has made him resign as he served as Prime Minister from 2012.
Ethiopia has in the past years been rocked by widespread protests against the government especially in the regions of Oromia and Amhara. They accuse the government of gross marginalization. The recent protests recently left 10 people dead and many injured.
“The resignation was vital in a bid to carry out reforms that lead to sustainable peace and democracy,” he said in a television statement.
He becomes the third African leader to resign from last year-Robert Mugabe and Jacob Zuma. Hailemariam also resigned as the leaders of the ruling coalition.
Hundreds of were jailed although some of them have now been released. But his resignation is subject to acceptance by the Parliament who will then choose his replacement.