Ethiopian MPs’ boycott over ethnic unrest

Ethiopian MPs’ boycott over ethnic unrest

Mary Harper

The MPs want an explanation from Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

(bbc) —MPs from Ethiopia’s Amhara and Oromia regions have boycotted parliament.

They say there is no point in parliament meeting until Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn gives an explanation for ongoing ethnic unrest in the country.

The Amharas and Oromos have been protesting against what they say is political and economic marginalisation.

There have also been months of deadly clashes between the Oromos and the Somalis, with more than 60 people killed last week.

On Wednesday, the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front coalition blamed weaknesses in its executive for the ongoing trouble.