Democratic transition in Ethiopia requires support of all Ethiopians: scholars

The Center for Federalism and Governance Studies of Addis Ababa University organized symposium on ‘Democratic Transition in Ethiopia’ on September 28 and 29, 2018 at Nelson Mandela Hall.

The symposium brought together distinguished scholars and policymakers from different background. The attendees shared views on ways of establishing the principles of peaceful, inclusive and smooth transitions towards democracy and sustainable economic, political, and governance issues in Ethiopia.

The symposium had four sessions: election and transition to democracy: – challenges and opportunities; the rule of law and the role of courts: – behavior change or regime change? Security sector reform: – demands, experiences and vision; and Ethiopia and the world: – commitments and contests in foreign policy.

Professor Ezekiel Gebisa in his remarks noted that Ethiopia is currently transitioning to a substantive democracy that can face considerable challenges and require the support of all Ethiopians both at home and abroad.

“The transition needs institutional arrangements of an inclusive, fair and free election. Supporting the reform is critical and requires setting priorities in order to make the transition towards sustainable democracy in reality,” added Prof. Ezekiel.