The announcement said the state of emergency was deemed necessary to quell unrest in various parts of the country and to prevent destruction of public property.
Ethiopia's ruling coalition has lost its authority and all parties must help map the country's future, an opposition leader said on Friday, suggesting political tensions in Africa's second most populous country are unlikely to ease soon, APA reports quoting Reuters.
Numerous prisoners took part in anti-government protests in 2015 and 2016 in the country's two most populous provinces, whose ethnic Oromo and Amharic communities complain they are under-represented in the country's corridors of power.
Addis Ababa: Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has submitted a letter of resignation, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate station reported on Thursday.
The duration of the state of emergency was not specified during the evening state TV broadcast. But rights groups have often criticised the government for clamping down on political opponents and the media.
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Ethiopian Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa ruled out a military takeover Saturday, but said security forces have been told to take "measures" against those disrupting the country's operations.
Thousands of prisoners were since pardoned or released from custody, including some of the country's most prominent dissidents.
Last month, Hailemariam said Ethiopia would release some jailed "politicians" to "improve the national consensus and widen the democratic platform".
Nonetheless, Oromo activists called a strike earlier this week that saw businesses shutter and young men armed with rocks and sticks block roads in Oromia to push the government to keep its prisoner amnesty promise.
The next day, Hailemariam announced his resignation. "Otherwise, they would not discuss about the state of emergency". The ruling EPRDF coalition controls all the seats in parliament.