In light of changing security conditions, Ethiopia’s cabinet on Wednesday approved the lifting of a six-month security state of emergency ahead of its expiration, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office said in a statement.
The state of emergency was declared in November after the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) said they had gained territory and were considering marching on the capital Addis Ababa.
The government said last month that the army was clearing the Tigrayan forces from the northern Amhara and Afar regions, dismissing Tigrayan statements that their forces were retreating voluntarily to create an “opening for peace”.
“Now we have reached a stage where threats can be neutralised through regular law enforcement mechanisms,” the statement from the prime minister’s office said
The military over the weekend said it was planning to enter the Tigray regional capital of Mekelle and “eliminate” the rebellious forces.
There has been a diplomatic effort to end the conflict that broke out in November 2020 and has led to a humanitarian crisis.