Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed bows to international pressures, restores internet and phone connectivity in western Oromia after 3 agonizing months

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has bowed to international pressures and is restoring internet and phone connectivity in western Oromia after three long agonizing months, a report said on Tuesday.

In January this year, internet and telephone connectivity was suspended across several towns in western Ethiopia.

But reports from the towns said on Tuesday connectivity had been restored.

State-run FBC confirmed that connectivity had returned. But residents said they were still unable to connect to the internet or use their phones.

Activists, press and human rights groups had actively campaigned for government to restore internet and telephone access in the affected areas. 

This article will be updated as we hear from people on the ground who were kept in the dark by the administration of Nobel Peace Prize winning dictator Abiy Ahmed.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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