Kiir flies to Ethiopia for Abiy’s inauguration

Kiir flies to Ethiopia for Abiy’s inauguration
President Salva Kiir receives a bouquet upon arriving in Ethiopia. [Photo: Courtesy]

President Salva Kiir has flown to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the swearing-in of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali.

The Ethiopian leader took an oath of office during a joint session of the House of People’s Representatives and House of the Federation on Monday, handing him the green light to serve an extra five-year term.

The Office of the President revealed on Monday morning that the head of state had travelled to Addis for the function alongside high profile leaders serving in the diplomatic dockets.

‘‘The President of the Republic of South Sudan, His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit, arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this morning (4th October 2021), to participate in the inaugural ceremony of the new Ethiopian Government under the leadership of H.E. Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed, scheduled to take place today,’’ it stated on a Facebook post.

‘‘Among those accompanying H.E President Salva Kiir Mayardit are; the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin; Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon Mayiik Ayii Deng, Governor of Jonglei State, Hon Denay Jock Chagor and other key government officials,’’ it added.

Abiy’s Prosperity Party won by a landslide in the June 21 parliamentary and regional councils polls.

Dr Ahmed promised that the new government would include opposition figures and already the new Addis Ababa city administration last week included two opposition figures in its Cabinet.

On Sunday, opposition Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice said they accepted the Ethiopian government’s offer to work together.

[Additional reportage by agencies]