The Executive Committee of Ethiopia’s ruling party, the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), on Monday announced a directive to bring to justice individuals connected with the recent unrest.

The announcement came after the arrest of some 245 people in connection with the unrest in Ethiopia’s central Oromia regional state, which led to the death of 11 people, state news agency ENA reported.

The detainees are said to be connected with the recent violent demonstrations in Buno Bedele zone of Ethiopia’s largest Oromia regional state, state television EBC reported, quoting Addisu Arega, spokesperson of the regional state.

The ruling party’s executive committee said corruption, maladministration and illegal networks are the major drivers of the recent conflicts.

In August, Ethiopia lifted a state of emergency that was enacted in October 2016 following violent demonstrations that left many private and state-owned firms in flames in some parts of the country.

The government listed bad governance and corruption as the major reasons behind public outcry that fueled the unrest in the last quarter of 2016.

It has since initiated a reform process that includes the arrest of 56 senior government officials, businessperson and middlemen in less than a month as part of a large scale anti-corruption campaign. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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