Internet connection restored in the east of Ethiopia after a three-week blackout – Xinhua

ADDIS ABABA, August 24 (Xinhua) – Internet has been restored to the east of the country in the Ethiopian Somali regional state after a power outage of three weeks, residents said Friday.

In a speech to Xinhua, a resident of the city of Jijiga, capital of the regional state, said that mobile and broadband internet works in the city from Friday afternoon.

Internet was cut off to the Somali regional state on August 4, after Ethiopian army soldiers occupied the regional auditorium and TV station in an attempt to oust the then president of the regional state Abdi Mohammed Omar.

The Ethiopian government has not made an official statement about the internet and has not yet made an official statement about the resumption of Internet services in the region.

The army intervention led to several days of violence and arson by supporters of Mohammed in Jijiga and other cities in the regional state before a joint bid by the Ethiopian federal government and regional authorities suppressed the violence.

The army intervention on 4 August came between reports of tensions between the Ethiopian federal government and the former Somali regional state president about allegations of serious human rights violations in Muhammad's reign.

Shortly after the army intervention Mohammed reportedly resigned and gave his position to his deputy Ahmed Abdi Mohammed.

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