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One of the perennial criticisms leveled against the government of Ethiopia is its loatheness to adopt contemporary thinking and practices. Its bureaucracy is the epitome of a mindset stuck in the past.

Upholding the rule of law is a crucial precondition for the respect of human rights, the prevalence of peace and stability, and is tightly linked to the promotion of good governance so essential to sustainable development and prosperity.

Foreigners visiting Ethiopia to attend the annual summit of heads of state and government of the African Union or for other purposes generally are treated cordially and enjoy a safe stay due to Ethiopians’ centuries-old tradition of according hospitality to guests.

One of the three fundamental reasons, which by its own admission compelled the ruing Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) to set in motion a process of deep renewal late last year, was the entrenched tendency to use state power for the advancement of personal interest and as a basis of livelihood.