The Constitution of the People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

The Constitution of the People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia 181 THE CONSTITUTION OF THE PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA* PREAMBLE We, the working people of Ethiopia, based on a centuries-old glorious history, are engaged in a great revolutionary struggle to extricate ourselves from our current state of backwardness, and to transform Ethiopia into a socialist society with a high level of development where justice, equality and social prosperity prevail. Ethiopia, the home of a brilliant ancient civilization, has been an indepen- dent state which has existed in continuity for many thousands of years. The Ethiopian state has existed as a multinational state. Its nationalities and diverse communities have forged a unity through cultural intercourse, migrations, commerce and similar interactions in times of peace as well as in times of war. Therefore, Ethiopia's long history of independence has been the history of the united existence and common struggle of her nationalities. On account of Ethiopia's strategic location at the cross-roads linking the continents of Africa, Asia, and Europe, the fertility of her soil and the great rivers that originate inside her territory, foreigners have made various at- tempts to invade and divide her up. In particular, since the emergence of capitalism in Western Europe in the sixteenth century, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Review of Socialist Law (in 1992 continued as Review of Central and East European Law) Brill

The Constitution of the People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

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Brill
Copyright
© 1988 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0165-0300
eISSN
1875-2985
D.O.I.
10.1163/187529888X00095
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181 THE CONSTITUTION OF THE PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA* PREAMBLE We, the working people of Ethiopia, based on a centuries-old glorious history, are engaged in a great revolutionary struggle to extricate ourselves from our current state of backwardness, and to transform Ethiopia into a socialist society with a high level of development where justice, equality and social prosperity prevail. Ethiopia, the home of a brilliant ancient civilization, has been an indepen- dent state which has existed in continuity for many thousands of years. The Ethiopian state has existed as a multinational state. Its nationalities and diverse communities have forged a unity through cultural intercourse, migrations, commerce and similar interactions in times of peace as well as in times of war. Therefore, Ethiopia's long history of independence has been the history of the united existence and common struggle of her nationalities. On account of Ethiopia's strategic location at the cross-roads linking the continents of Africa, Asia, and Europe, the fertility of her soil and the great rivers that originate inside her territory, foreigners have made various at- tempts to invade and divide her up. In particular, since the emergence of capitalism in Western Europe in the sixteenth century,

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Review of Socialist Law (in 1992 continued as Review of Central and East European Law)Brill

Published: Jan 1, 1988

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