Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has resigned amid widespread protests.
State-affiliated Fana said the prime minister had submitted a resignation letter to legislators and that “he hoped his resignation letter will be accepted.”
Desalegn said he tried his utmost best to solve the crisis in his country and ‘’he is resigning now to be part of a solution to it,”
He also stated that he will continue to serve as a Prime Minister until the power transition is completed.
However, Ethiopia’s restive Oromia and Amhara regions were engulfed by violent protests in recent years, forcing the government at one point to declare a state of emergency that has since been lifted.
Protests erupted in 2016 over the political and ethnic marginalization of the Amhara and Oromia people, as well as land seizures and human rights abuses.
The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission disclosed that almost 700 people have been killed in the violence since August 2016.
Meanwhile, Meressa Tsehaye, a legal scholar at Mekelle Universtiy, has said the deputy prime minister will most likely replace Hailemariam.