A woman walks past the headquarters of state-run Ethio Telecom in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 26, 2018. Picture taken July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Maggie Fick
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Authorities have shut off Internet access in eastern Ethiopia amid an outbreak of violence there, residents said Wednesday, a sign of the challenges facing reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in containing ethnic tensions in parts of the country.The government had imposed emergency rule in February, a day after Hailemariam's resignation after three years of street protests and violent unrest.Since replacing Hailemariam in April, Abiy has turned politics and the economy on its head in the country of 100 million people but continuing ethnic violence poses a challenge to his reform drive.During the protests before Abiy took office, the government frequently switched off the Internet, sometimes for several months at a time, in Oromia, a large region that surrounds the capital Addis Ababa and extends east all the way to the Somali region.
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