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Ethiopian parliament opens annual session

ADDIS ABABA, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) — Ethiopia’s House of People’s Representatives (HoPR) and House of Federation (HoF) opened a new session on Monday, emphasizing some of the key socio-economic and political targets for the new Ethiopian 2012 year.

Addressing the joint session of the two houses that marks the new session of the two houses, Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde presented key social, economic and political directions and plans that the East African country will pursue in the New Ethiopian year, which started on September 12.

Zewde stressed that ensuring national security and stability is a major target for the government for the 2019-2020 Ethiopian fiscal year.

Zewde also stressed that the government “will implement various activities that focused on national reconciliation and understanding,” with a major target to sustain the ongoing wide-ranging national reform.

“The government will strive its utmost efforts to make sure that this year’s election will be more democratic, free and fair than previous elections,” Zewde told members of the two houses.

She also underscored that the contribution of the public is important to realize the Ethiopian government’s resolve in assuring a democratic election procedure.

Noting the major aspirations of the East African country’s homegrown economic reform, Zewde also emphasized some of the major plans in the economic sector that include ensuring macroeconomic stability, promoting private sector intervention in key economic sectors, as well as integrated job creation efforts.

The joint session on Monday, which marked the first day of the fifth year of the fifth parliamentary session of the Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives and House of Federation, witnessed details of the socio-economic and political directions that the east African country will pursue in the just-commenced Ethiopian 2012.

Ethiopia has a unique calendar, whereby the country counts its annual year seven to eight years, based on leap year, behind the internationally acclaimed Gregorian calendar.

Accordingly, the Ethiopian New Year that falls on September 12, 2019 marked the beginning of the Ethiopian 2012 year.

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