Covid-19 State of Emergency by Tigray Region and Ethiopian Federalism

Abiy Ahmed with Tigray region’s president, Debretsion during a visit to Aksum. Photo : OPM

Somalilandsun-On the 26th March 2020 The Council of Tigray Regional State announced region-wide state of emergency to prevent the possible spread of #COVID19

While Ethiopia has a number of regional administrations such measures are the preserve of the federal government currently led by Prime minister Abiy Ahmed

Dejen Yemane, PhD candidate at Addis Ababa University questions the right of Tigray State to declare a COVID-19 state of emergency under Ethiopia’s constitution in a piece titled “Is Tigray’s COVID-19 State of Emergency Constitutional, Practical?”