PM Says Inclusion of All Parties Peculiar Feature of Signed Covenant

Addis Ababa March 14/2019 The inclusion of all Ethiopian political parties in the covenant signed today is a unique feature of the evolving political process, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said. 

Some 107 political parties have signed the agreement which consisted of twenty articles and three chapters.

During the signing ceremony Abiy said it is a milestone towards further bolstering the democratic process.

Following the comprehensive reforms, “many countries envy Ethiopia and are interested in taking lessons from our experience and replicating it to their own situation.”

A nation cannot be built by shifting blame, he noed, stressing that the parties “need to refrain from disseminating emotion triggering information and focus on agendas that benefit the general public.”

The premier reaffirmed his party’s willingness and commitment to collaborate with all competing political parties.

He further encouraged the parties to consider merger with parties that have similar ideology.

Addressing the gathering, Arbegnoch Genbot 7 (AG7) Chairman Berhanu Nega urged all skeptics to come out of their shells and work for the sustainability of the reform.

He added that AG7 will work for the full implementation of the signed agreement as it will ultimately be helpful in establishing democracy.

Berhanu pointed out that the signed covenant ensures peace among contending parties and persons.

The covenant stipulates that political parties adhere to the constitution and measures upon violators taken by a joint council that oversees the process.

The political parties will elect a joint council and the chair will be elected every six months.