Ethiopia has declared a six-month state of emergency after the sudden resignation of first prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

A statement by the state broadcaster said the move was necessary to stem a wave of anti-government protests. Minister of defense Siraj Fegessa said: "The government has previously made several efforts to curtail violence, but lives have continued to be lost, many have been displaced and economic infrastructure has been damaged."

Tourists to Ethiopia are advised to remain vigilant, exercise caution, monitor local media and social media and always follow the advice of local authorities.

Travelers should also note that the government of Ethiopia has restricted or shut down internet, cellular data and phone services during and after civil unrest. This impedes the U.S. Embassy's ability to communicate with and provide consular services to U.S. citizens in Ethiopia.

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