Strikes Spread in Tense Ethiopian Region as Tillerson Visits

  • U.S. secretary of state is due in African nation this week
  • Ethiopia set to name new prime minister amid political turmoil

By Nizar Manek, 6 March 2018
(Bloomberg) --
Strikes protesting Ethiopia’s state of emergency spread across the restive Oromia region ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s arrival for talks with the Horn of Africa nation’s embattled government.
The closing of shops and roads by members of Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group is the latest sign of discontent in Oromia state, where unrest has prompted the country’s second state of emergency in two years. Tillerson is due in Ethiopia this week as part of his first government visit to sub-Saharan Africa, less than a month after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned.
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