U.S. envoy reiterates urge for African ruling parties to consider opposition as competitors not enemies

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy. Photo : RR

Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – The visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy, has re-echoed Ethiopian Premier’s appeal to ruling parties in Africa to consider opposition parties as competitors rather than enemies.

This, Nagy said, can go a long way in showcasing the demoocratic paradigm shift on the continent.
Mr. Naby described the example being set by the Ethiopian Premier Abiy Ahmed as “a model” for other African countries.

The U.S. diplomat made the statement on Friday in Addis when he met reporters following his discussion with Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu.

“I only wish countries everywhere would take that model because that is exactly what an opposition is. When I heard that my heart left for joy, and absolutely we support this reform,” Nagy said.

Nagy also praised Ethiopia’s role in the Horn of Africa and pledged to encourage more American companies to invest in Ethiopia.

He also expressed satisfaction with the “remarkable” effort being made in Ethiopia to build universities and expressed the hope that “now we have to make sure that millions of young people who come out from universities have professional jobs to go into.”.

To do that, he said, “we need to attract a lot of investment so that companies will come from all over the world not only America.”

Mr. Nagy arrived in Ethiopia on Thursday as part of his tour in the Horn of Africa: Djibouti, Eritrea and Kenya.

Nagy’s trip follows that of U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and Mark Green, USAID administrator, last month, as the U.S. seeks to raise its profile on the continent.

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