Nov 2, 2021 - World

Ethiopia declares state of emergency as rebels threaten capital

Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF) soldiers train

Ethiopian National Defense Force soldiers train on Sept. 15. Photo: Amanuel Sileshi/AFP via Getty Images

Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as rival forces from the northern region of Tigray move toward the capital, per AP.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation of a yearlong civil war that threatens to tear apart Africa's second-most populous country and has killed thousands of citizens.

  • The state of emergency is effective immediately and is slated to last about six months, according to AP.
  • Under the state of emergency, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed can impose curfews, order citizens into military service and restrict the news media.

The big picture: President Biden announced on Tuesday that Ethiopia would be terminated from a U.S. trade program, saying that the war-torn country was in "gross violations of internationally recognized human rights."

  • The sanction is set to take effect on Jan. 1, and a pathway toward reinstatement will be provided to each country removed from the program.
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