African Union Heads of State summit kicking off in Addis Ababa

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February 8,2019

The 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union kicking off is kicking of in Addis Ababa starting tomorrow.

It will be the first meeting for Minister Abiy Ahmed and he is expected to talk about the ongoing change in Ethiopia, seat of the African Union, according to the Press Secretary in his office, Nigussu Tilahun, as reported by VOA Amharic Service.

Nigussu told VOA Amharic that the summit is a good opportunity about the change in Ethiopia and the challenges it is facing.

Unique in this year’s summit as far as Ethiopia is concerned is that emperor Haileselassie I statue will be unveiled in the premises of the AU headquarter, which many Ethiopians think is long overdue.

Emperor Haileselassie played a crucial role for the establishment of what was then called, Organization of African Union (OAU, now renamed as African Union.

This year African Union will have a new chairman and it is Egypt’s turn now. Amnesty International Press release sent to borkena editor called upon African Union Member States to “ensure that Egypt’s upcoming chairmanship does not undermine the continental body’s human rights mechanisms.”

The statement claimed that “Fattah al-Sisi has demonstrated a shocking contempt for human rights.”

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