What did Isaias Afwerki REALLY say about Eritrean democracy?

Al Jazeera yesterday ran a story to commemorate Eritrea’s independence entitled: ‘Democracy according to Eritrea’s Afwerki, then and now.’

The article, well written by Abraham Zere, opened like this:

“On this day, as we rightfully celebrate, we should also reflect on the overall state of the country. To do this, there is no better way than looking back to a landmark speech Eritrea’s first and only president, Isaias Afwerki, gave over two decades ago.

On September 8, 1997, in a public address at the Walton Park Conference in West Sussex, England, President Afwerki delivered profound remarks on democracy and the rule of law in a speech titled “Democracy in Africa: an African view.””

But the link to the speech did not quote the speech in full. So here it is, in its entirety.

Isias on Democracy 1

Isaias on Democracy 2a

 

 

Isaias on Democracy 3

Isaias on Democracy 4

 Isaias on democracy 2

 

 

 

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