Like South Africa’s Jacob Zuma who resigned yesterday, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, has resigned amid deadly anti-government protests.

In a televised address, he said his resignation was “vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy”.

Mr Hailemariam, who has led the country since 2012, also stepped down as chairman of the ruling coalition. His departure follows a national state of emergency that ended last year. Ethiopia’s largest regions, Oromia and Amhara, have seen waves of demonstrations in recent months.

In the latest violence, 10 people were killed and dozens more injured following an opposition protest.

Hailemariam said he will stay on as a caretaker prime minister until Ethiopia’s parliament and ruling coalition accept his resignation and choose a replacement.

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