Eritrea will create a constitution free from prescriptions of dogmas soon – Yemane Gebreab
27 Aug 2018 – (EP) Top advisor to President Isaias Afwerki says now that Eritrea’s rapprochement with Ethiopia may have removed the threat of conflict, the government “have to respond on a constitution and provide options for people to consider.”
“We want to create a situation of political participation of our population and we want to devise ways of doing that so people can have a say in how their country and their government is run,” presidential adviser Yemane Gebreab said in an interview with Bloomberg in Asmara.
The ruling party is working on “political structures, forums, discussions” where “people could have an input — a say in their lives — in the administration of their country,” he said, without elaborating or providing a timeline.
Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskel added work will begin on the constitution soon. The drafting process “was interrupted because of war, not because the government didn’t want a constitution,” he said. “It will be worked out, though unlikely before the end of the year with many priorities amid the dawn of peace.”
Multiparty elections planned in Eritrea’s neighbor may be a step “that works for Ethiopia,” adviser Yemane Gebreab said. “We’re focusing on creating the ground here whereby all citizens can enjoy their rights. We want to free ourselves from prescriptions of dogmas. We want to craft a political situation that works for us here in Eritrea, that responds to the aspirations of our people.”
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