Thousands of residents of Hawassa town, South Nations and NAtionalities and people demonstrate today asking the Federal government to respect their constitutional right to form Sidam state.
Today tens of thousands were marching in streets of the town holding various slogans demand an immediate response from the government for their statehood request.
Demonstrators who came from 36 districts and city administrations were participating in the rally which held in the regional capital, Hawassa.
The response from the government is delayed, according to the government communication affairs office demonstrators were addressing their questions in a peaceful manner.
Month ago regional council submitted a letter to the house of federation asking to form autonomous Sidama State.
Sidama constitutes about 20% of the total population in the Southern region, the people have repeatedly complained that Sidama does not have regional autonomy in the country and asked for the government to give the Sidama people their own region. There are several justifications for this argument.
In October, the Southern Regional State Council has approved the statehood quest of Sidama Zone and decided to be implemented based on the constitution.
According to Ethiopian Constitution statehood would be accepted When the demand for statehood has been approved by a two-thirds majority of the members of the Council of the Nation, Nationality or People concerned, and the demand is presented in writing to the State Council;When the Council that received the demand has organized a referendum within one year to be held in the Nation, Nationality or People that made the demand.