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Sunday May 5, 2013 was both a religious and secular holiday in Ethiopia.  The Orthodox Church celebrated Easter (and in Ethiopia, the Catholic and most Protestant churches also now celebrate Easter on the same day), but it was also the anniversary of both the fall of Addis Ababa to the forces of Fascist Italy in 1936, and the return of the Emperor Haile Selassie in 1941 exactly 5 years later with the liberating Anglo/Ethiopian forces.

In the lead up to this holiday, late last week, an FM radio station interviewed the President of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, Girma Wolde Giorgis.  The President discussed the upcomming religious holiday as well as his memories of the joy Ethiopians of his generation felt when Ethiopia was liberated from the Italian occupation.  He went on to discuss the upcoming Golden Anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity.  He talked about the emense contribution of Emperor Haile Selassie to the founding of the OAU, and said that plans were under way to erect a statue of the Emperor in Addis Ababa.  He said he was confident that these plans would be realized in the near future.  The site he mentioned would hold the statue is a significant one.  It is in the park located in the large median in the middle of Menelik II Avenue which runs from the old ceremonial gates of the Menelik Palace down the hill to Maskal Square (Addis Ababa's largest square and site of most major national events).  The site of the statue would be at the foot of the park between the Emperor's former home, the Jubilee Palace (now the National Palace and the President's official residence), and Africa Hall across the Avenue which was the site of the founding of the OAU and is now the headquarters for most U.N. agencies in Africa.  The statue would face the main entrance to Maskal Square.  The spot was the exact spot where the Derg regime had erected a colosal statue of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (the largest statue of the Bolshevic leader outside of the Soviet Union) which was pulled down by the people of Addis Ababa in the days after Mengistu Haile Mariam fled the country but before the EPRDF had taken control of the city. 

All statues of the Emperor were taken down by the Derg following the abolishment of the monarchy, and many have found their way to the grounds of the national museum where they make up a kind of sculpture garden along with the above mentioned Lenin statue and other communist symbols that replaced them.  Erecting a national monument to the last reigning Emperor of Ethiopia in what has to be one of the the most prominent spots in the city is a significant development and one that I look forward to eagerly.


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Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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This is long over due.  It is about time that this government recognize the Emperor's importance in Ethiopian history, and the development of the OAU.  Hopefully this is a beginning of something new in Ethiopia.  Ethiomonarchist thank you for sharing this important information.
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Yes it is good to have good news!

Thanks!


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If only those who sought liberation from colonial rule throughout Africa really were true to the spirit of the great Haile Selassie. Today, there is still hope.
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A piece of most welcome news there. Let us hope for a more durable restoration of the flesh and blood kind to follow.
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The President of Ethiopia has formally sent a letter to Prime Minister Haile Mariam Desalegn calling for the statue of the Emperor to be erected.  It seems to be a mere formality and there are indications that the decision to erect it has already been made.  It is to be noted that the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was hostile to the idea of a statue of the Emperor being erected at the Africa Union headquarters a few years back, and had vetoed the request to give the Emperor a state funeral. 

http://www.thereporterethiopia.com/index.php/news-headlines/item/474-president-calls-for-the-erection-of-a-statue-for-haile-selassie-i

President Girma Wolde Giorgis was the speaker of the lower house of parliament at the end of Emperor Haile Selassie's reign, and previously served in the Imperial Ethiopian Army as an officer for many years before retiring and entering politics. 


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Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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Also scholars with in Ethiopia and many Ethiopian's were angered by Zenawi's government when the decision was made, not to place H.I.M Emperor Haile Selassie I statue in front on the AU.  I am not jumping the gun, but this can be and beginning for restoration of the monarchy in Ethiopia.  I believe there are those in the government who do support a possible restoration of the monarchy.  We just have to see what will come of this for now.
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For those interested, a petition:
http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/a-statue-for-emperor-haile-selassie?utm_source=supporter_message&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_message_notice
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WOW,

What a bunch of leftists on the 'suggested petitions'.

Amazing!

 

I signed the Emperor's Statue one, the rest, well, they're what they are.....


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