Ethiopia ends web black­out

Kuwait Times - - International -

AD­DIS ABABA: In­ter­net users in Ethiopia said yes­ter­day the gov­ern­ment ap­peared to have ended a three-month on­line black­out, rais­ing hopes of a re­lax­ation of re­stric­tions af­ter the ar­rival of a new prime min­is­ter who promised re­forms. Mo­bile and broad­band in­ter­net ser­vices shut down in De­cem­ber in many re­gions out­side the cap­i­tal that were hit by un­rest that threat­ened the rul­ing coali­tion’s tight hold on coun­try. Rights groups ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of try­ing to stop them spread­ing news on­line and or­ga­niz­ing ral­lies call­ing for land rights and other free­doms - charges the gov­ern­ment de­nied. But in­ter­net users said they had no­ticed ser­vices re­turn­ing fol­low­ing the April 2 in­au­gu­ra­tion of Abiy Ahmed. —Reuters

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