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Sunday February 3 2019

Ethiopia Car Free Day

A skateboarder performs on a street in Addis Ababa on February 3, 2019 during the third Car Free Day. PHOTO | EDUARDO SOTERAS | AFP 

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Addis Ababa and other cities across Ethiopia are observing the country's third Car Free Day.

With none of the usual traffic clogging the capital, Sunday football devotees took to the streets.

The monthly event is promoted by local NGOs and the Ethiopian government and is designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and fight air pollution.

The measure was implemented by the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who was came to office last April after his predecessor resigned.

The event also allowed skateboarders to show off their skills.

Ethiopia Car Free Day

People walk on a street in Addis Ababa on February 3, 2019 during the third Car Free Day. PHOTO | EDUARDO SOTERAS | AFP

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Ethiopia Car Free Day

People take part in an exercise on a street in Addis Ababa on February 3, 2019 during the third Car Free Day. PHOTO | EDUARDO SOTERAS | AFP

Ethiopia Car Free Day

A boy skateboards on a street in Addis Ababa on February 3, 2019 during the third Car Free Day. PHOTO | EDUARDO SOTERAS | AFP

Ethiopia Car Free Day

People take part in an exercise on a street in Addis Ababa on February 3, 2019 during the third Car Free Day. PHOTO | EDUARDO SOTERAS | AFP

Ethiopia Car Free Day

People take part in an exercise on a street in Addis Ababa on February 3, 2019 during the third Car Free Day. PHOTO | EDUARDO SOTERAS | AFP