Top diplomats in the East African region have lauded the political leadership and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia for the recent peaceful and democratic transfer of leadership from Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s to the new administration which is headed by His Excellency Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali.
Important milestone in Ethiopia’s History
In their remarks during the celebration to mark the 27th edition of Ethiopian National Day on May 18 in Nairobi - Kenya, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Kenya Dina Mufti Sid and Kenya’s Principal Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Kamau Macharia observed that the peaceful departure of Desalegn, and the inauguration of Prime Minister Ahmed Ali marked a very important milestone in Ethiopia’s recent history.
Dina Mufti attributed the peaceful transition to the complexity of the country’s bureaucracy adding, “…the systemic resilience of a 3000 years old, Ethiopian nationalism that is so deep in each and every one of us, the Almighty God who has always been there for us and the goodwill of the peoples of Ethiopia saved the day.”
He appealed for a favourable international environment and support from development partners to Ethiopia’s quest to become a middle-income economy by year 2025 noting that with the new leadership Ethiopia is now more dynamic, more stable and focused.
Democratic Principals entrenched in Ethiopia
Ambassador Macharia Kamau termed the peaceful transition “a landmark achievement” and wished the new Prime Minister Abiy Ahamed and his administration success in its endeavours to accelerate Ethiopia’s economic transformation, sustainable stability, peace and prosperity.
Kamau further told participants at the event that took place at Ethiopian Embassy grounds Nairobi that the peaceful and democratic transition of leadership in Ethiopia depicts how democratic principles and practice in Ethiopia has been entrenched under the EPRDF leadership.
“…this transition also marks a proud moment for our region and Africa, as it demonstrates that Ethiopia’s democracy has come of af age” He said.
Key figures present during the event included the Leader of Majority in Kenya’s National Assembly Aden Duale, Marsabit County Governor Mohamed Ali, and USA Ambassador to Kenya Robert Gordec among other representatives from foreign missions in Kenya.