Ethiopia gets EU praise for peaceful, orderly transition

The European Union has officially commented on the April 2 swearing in of Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed. Whiles congratulating the 41-year-old, the EU also reiterated its reform stance and hailed his reaching out to neighbouring Eritrea.

In a statement issued on April 4, the EU expressed hope at Abiy’s inaugural speech and stressed that it looked forward to working with him as it did with his predecessor, Hailemariam Desalegn.

It emphasized the need for an all-inclusive dialogue and called for an early lifting of the February 16 state of emergency. The same position was advanced by the United States in its message of April 2.

Below is the full statement

“The swearing in of Dr Abiy Ahmed Ali as new Prime Minister of Ethiopia concludes an orderly and peaceful transition. Dr Abiy Ahmed pledged in his inauguration speech to work towards democracy, rule of law and respect for civil liberties as well as to reach out to Eritrea.

“The EU is looking forward to working closely with him on continued political and economic reforms, as it did with his predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn.

“An inclusive dialogue with all Ethiopian stakeholders in the spirit of the Prime Minister’s remarks as well as an early lifting of the State of Emergency, will further this process.”

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