Ethiopia has arrested its state minister for finance on suspicion of corruption, state-run television said on Friday (August 4 2017), part of an anti-graft drive that the government says has led to dozens of arrests in the last two weeks.
Alemayehu Gujo is the highest-ranking official to have been detained so far in the sweep that has also involved business owners. Zayed Woldegabriel, Director General of the Ethiopian Roads Authority, was also detained on Friday (August 4 2017), the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) said.
In an emergency session, Ethiopia’s House of People’s Representatives lifted Gujo’s immunity from prosecution, the EBC said in an announcement.
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