Ethiopia says 2,000 arrested and released in emergency

An Ethiopian official says 2,000 people have been detained and later released under the country's state of emergency that was declared on October 8, 2016.

Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa, who oversees the state of emergency, told local reporters that those released had been counseled about the state of emergency. He said authorities collected more than 1,500 firearms that had been looted during the violence in the country.

Ethiopia's President, Mulatu Teshome, said on October 10 that the government will address some of the public's grievances and will conduct electoral and political reforms. The government spokesman said Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is expected to announce a new cabinet on Tuesday.