ADDIS ABABA -- Ethiopian lawmakers have extended the state of emergency declared six months ago for an additional four months.
The widely expected extension came amid reports of continued violence and anti-government activities in some restive remote areas.
"We still have some anti-peace elements that are active and want to capitalize on disputes that arise among regional states in the country,"
Ethiopia's Defense Minister, Siraj Fegessa, told Ethiopian lawmakers when he called for them to approve extension on Thursday morning. "In addition, some leaders of the violent acts that we witnessed before are still at large and are disseminating wrong information to incite violence."