ADDIS ABABA: Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn said that he is stepping down as country’s premier.
He will also quit as the chairman of ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) party.
Desalegn said he will retain the post on interim basis capacity until the ruling EPRDF party and parliament name a new prime minister.
Hundreds of people have died in violence sparked initially by an urban development plan for the capital Addis Ababa. The unrest spread in 2015 and 2016 as demonstrations against political restrictions and human rights abuses broke out.
“Unrest and a political crisis have led to the loss of lives and displacement of many,” Hailemariam said in a televised address to the nation on Thursday.
“… I see my resignation as vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy,” he said.