Ethiopian president claims about 90.000 Ethiopians have returned home

Ethiopia’s president Zewde Sahle-Work on Monday said more than 90,000 nationals had returned to the country because of her government’s citizen-centered diplomacy.

Sahle-Work, who was appointed to the role in October, last year, was delivering her maiden speech to the country’s parliament.

Since taking office in April last year, the country’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has released political prisoners, engaged opposition parties and pursued radical economic and diplomatic reforms.

Prominent Ethiopians that have returned home include members of the Oromo Liberation Front, activists Jawar Mohammed and Mohammed Ademo, and the current electoral commission chief, Birtukan Mideksa.

Sahle-Work, also reiterated the government’s commitment to deliver a free, fair and credible election next year.

The polls will be a critical test of the reforms that have been premised on widening the political space.

The president added that the country would launch a satelite into space in December this year.


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