Former ESAT Journalists On Current Ethiopian Political Situation


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On this day two years ago – July 28, 2015, an American president – the first African American to rise to the post, addressed the continent’s biggest political bloc. Barack Hussein Obama made history when he spoke at the African Union (A.U.) headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. 53 years old at the time, Obama took the opportunity of a two-nation African visit to address the A.U. He landed on the continent on Friday, July 24, 2015, in his father’s place of birth, Kenya. There, he spent two days dotted with political and academic engagements before flying to Ethiopia. displayAdvert("mpu_3") I believe Ethiopia will not fully unleash the potential of its people if journalists are restricted or legitimate opposition groups can't participate in the campaign process. Whiles in Ethiopia, he held talks with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and other top government functionaries before proceeding to the A.U. headquarters where he addressed ambassadors from across the continent. His almost 50-minutes delivery which was occasionally interjected with applause touched on issues from trade relations, corruption, youth development and the fight against terrorism. There were also large parts that bordered on human rights – where he particularly charged Ethiopia to reset its record in

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