The new Ethiopian prime minister, in a pacifying and unifying move on Friday, arrived at Mekele city, the capital of the Tigray regional state in northern Ethiopia, to a rapturous welcome, Anadolu Agency reports.
Addressing the crowd assembled at the Martyrs’ Village, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, who hails from Oromia, spoke in the Tigrigna language to a cheering gathering.
“The people of Tigray, together with people in other regions, fought for the prevalence of democracy in Ethiopia,” he said.
He said the Tigray region was the epicenter of Ethiopia’s ancient civilization, philosophy, art, music, and religion. “It is impossible to think of Ethiopia without Tigray, which, together with the rest of Ethiopian peoples, defended the maintained unity of Ethiopia.”
Ali noted that the Tigray people had spearheaded the armed struggle against the former Dergue regime, making huge sacrifices that resulted in establishing a constitutional order in the country.
“Creating jobs, deepening good governance, making a united effort to make poverty a history, are top priorities,” he said. “The burning issues of the time is peace and development.”