East Africa

US Election 2012, Politics & Ethiopia

I pray the president will be successful in guiding OUR nation.” (Mitt Romney)

“We are an American family and we rise or fall together as ONE NATION and as ONE PEOPLE.” (Barack Obama)

“How many centuries should we have to wait to have such an election in Ethiopia?”  (Befekadu Beyene)

(Ethiopian Observer) While watching the 2012 US presidential election poll results, an ambitious question comes to my mind. When would we be able to see such an election happening in Ethiopia?

We have seen the strong campaign that democrat Barack Obama and the republican Mitt Romney has made in the past weeks and also notice their differences in policies. Both candidates try hard to grab as much supporters as possible by making promises about what would they do for America in the four years term. Then the final day come; US people made their choice freely and the results follow; Obama got the majority. Yet, Romney still won significant electoral vote. However he can’t do anything but to accept the will of the people. Romeny did that, he even congratulate the winner in front of his own supporters. “I pray the president will be successful in guiding OUR nation.” said Mitt Romney addressing the crowd gathered around his election head quarter.

Presidant Barack Obama on his part said, “We are an American family and we rise or fall together as ONE NATION and as ONE PEOPLE.

That is politics and that’s how it should be. No matter what the election result is candidates must always prioritize national interest.

We expect our politicians to react in the same manner rather than shooting guns and exchanging humiliating words one another after every election. We have never seen in hour history, when contenders of two political parties congratulate each other and make a wish for the best of Ethiopia, after election results.

I miss the day my nation’s politicians would care much more about great ETHIOPIA and its people than their politics or personal differences.

By the way, am I too ambitious, guys? Come on, who said that we don’t deserve to witness a relatively democratic election process?

I mean, how many centuries should we have to wait to have such an election in Ethiopia?

What do you say about this? እርስዎ ምን ይላሉ?

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