Ethiopian Curfew Shortened
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) _ The interim government reduced a nationwide curfew on Thursday in recognition of the ″peace and stability″ in most of the country, said a statement read over state-run Ethiopian radio.
The 1 a.m.-5 a.m. curfew is the shortest since the late Emperor Haile Selassie was overthrown 17 years ago.
An 11 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew remained in place following Selassie’s violent overthrow by military officers in 1974 and throughout the reign of former President Mengistu Haile Mariam. It was lengthened after Mengistu fled to Zimbabwe on May 21 in the face of a rebel advance.
The Ethiopian People’s Democratic Revolutionary Front seized control May 28 and installed an interim adminstration until elections can be held within two years.