Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome has urged his compatriots to stand for peace and stability, stressing that peace is the basis on which the country can sustain its ongoing development programmes.
As this East African nation started its New Year 2009 at midnight (11 September 2016), President Mulatu expressed his best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous year ahead.
He said achievements gained over the past 25 years and the changing face of Ethiopia came by as the result of sustained peace and stability that prevailed in the country.
According to the president, by putting peace, development and democracy at the centre of the development agenda, Ethiopia was able to witness significant achievements that had set a hallmark for the nation’s journey towards a middle income economy.
“In the New Year,” he emphasised, “it is important to sustain the achievements in social and economic sectors and make progress by helping the nation to effectively implement the development programmes.”
“To discharge this national responsibility, it is our duty to safeguard the peace and stability of the country. Any attempt to forward demands by use of force in unconstitutional way is illegal.
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