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 Hailemariam Desalegn: “I see my resignation as vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy.” Photograph:  Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images

Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn suddenly resigned on Thursday in what he described as a bid to smooth reforms, following years of viole(...)

Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn has said the pardoning of  dissident politicians was intended to “foster national reconciliation”. File photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Ethiopia will release and pardon dissident politicians jailed on criminal charges, its prime minister said on Wednesday – an unexpected shift in stanc(...)