28 May 2007

Ethiopia: Officials Say May 28 Birth of Democracy

Addis Ababa — Speaker of the House Peoples' of Representatives Ambassador Teshome Toga said that May 28 is the result of the arduous struggle waged to topple the dictatorial Derg regime and ensure good governance and democracy.

Ambassador Teshome told Ethiopia, magazine published by the Ministry of Information in connection with May 28, had it not been for the overthrow of the military junta on May 28, it wouldn't have been possible to register the various political and economic achievements.

Ambassador Teshome said the recognition of democratic and human rights, the stipulation of the right to self-determination up to secession by the constitution, the establishment of democratic institutions, policies and strategies are the fruits of May 28.

The Federal parliaments' system is the realization of its vision to be a role model to African continent as it entertains all political parties.

Education Minister Dr. Sintayehu Wolde-Michael on his part told the magazine that the generation should give due attention to education and discharge responsibilities entrusted to it.

The Minister said the number of universities that was only two 16 years back, has now reached 21.

The expansion of higher learning institutions in the state enables raise the participation and, distribution of education in the country, the minister said.

Minister of Trade and industry Girma Biru also told the magazine that 22,000 investment projects including those owned by foreigners, with an aggregate capital of 288 billion birr have been licensed up to last December.

The minister expressed conviction that the flow of investment to Ethiopia would further be strengthened.

Federal Affairs Minister, Siraj Fegessa on his part told the magazine that May 28, which is special victory for Afar, Somali and Gambella and Benshangul-Gumuz peoples and States, is a turning point to development and democracy.

Amhara State Chief, Ayalew Gobeze told the magazine that May 28 is a day in which the Amhara people secure its benefits.

The agriculture-led policy is proving its worth by improving the livelihood of farmers, Ayalew said.

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