Buhari, Kenyatta and more pray for peace in Ethiopian prime minister’s new term
October 05 (THEWILL) – Citizens celebrated as Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is sworn in for a new five-year term in Meskel Square, with “peace” being the keyword for African presidents speaking at the celebration of the inauguration.
While congratulating Mr. Abiy after his electoral victory, they also spoke of the nation’s rapprochement during the public ceremony in the capital, Addis Ababa.
The civil war in the north, which is now entering its 12th month, has claimed thousands of lives and led to a humanitarian crisis.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said he was “aware of the many challenges Ethiopia faces” and encouraged “all parties to come together in the interests of unity, progress and the well-being of Ethiopia “.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said the prime minister was given a “mandate to bring peace, a mandate to build stability, a mandate to bring together all the people of Ethiopia.”
“So, for all of us on the continent, Ethiopia is our mother. And as we all know, if the mother is not at peace, the family also cannot be at peace. “
Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh told crowds in the town’s main square that he hoped “to see Ethiopia [at] peace with himself.
In his speech, Mr. Abiy, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, said his administration would work for an “inclusive and participatory” political landscape.