Speaker of the House of Federation (HoF), Kassa Tekleberhan said Friday the new Ethiopian year (2006 E.C.) is a time to undertake significant activities to achieve the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP).
Speaking at a forum jointly organized by the House of Peoples' Representatives (HPR) and HoF in connection with International Day of Democracy in Addis Ababa, Kassa said the two main democratic institutions are expected to play key role towards the same purpose.
The Speaker said promising results are being registered in the efforts to reduce poverty and speed up development in the course of building democracy.
Kassa also stressed the need for all sides to join hands to extricate the country from poverty, strive to achieve the GTP as well as fight against terrorism and extremism.
He said the two Houses need to give prime attention towards success of the main focus in the GTP and urged the HPR to further strengthen activities towards the same goal.
Stressing the continuing need to promote democratization, development and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, in November 2007 the UN General Assembly agreed to observe 15 September each year as the International Day of Democracy.
Source: Ethiopian News Agency