Tuesday, 31 January 2017, Daniel Berhane
President Isaias Afwerki has outlined a road map for Eritrea, while addressing a question regarding the national constitution and strengthening of People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ) in an interview conducted with the Eritrean national media.
The road map will guide the future direction of the country with broader participation of the Eritrean people – putting the reviews of the past and present situations of the country into consideration.
Calling it a System of Government rather than a Constitution, President Isaias explained that it is a means to achieve national goals, and is essential and fundamental issue. It will be part of the road map that will address the future direction of the country.
President Isaias said that the process will require answering questions – where we were, where we are and where we are heading?
President Isaias highlighted the very challenging and ceaseless hostility the country has faced in the last twenty five years; which have put numerous obstacles to the political process and political development of the country. The challenges were very trying to the survival, continuity and development of the country.
Having passed and overcome such challenges and experiences, President Isaias, stated the importance of reviewing the past twenty five years that would enable addressing the first two questions. He revealed a document has been prepared in this regard.
President Isaias gave a detailed explanation of the road map including the objectives, content and how it will be organized. The road map outlines including the political questions that will be discussed, development programs, national security and other issues that will shape the journey of the country.
President Isaias elaborated on the aspects that the road map will encompass including a review of the last twenty five years, where we are now and future expected developments not only domestic, but also regional and global developments, and how Eritrea engages with these developments. The road map also outlines how Eritrea will use the experiences and big lessons learned in the last twenty five years.
President Isaias said that the road map lays out how it will be organized – ensuring discussion and exchange of ideas take place. Addressing aspects of the organisation, President Isaias, stated there will be four fronts or zones. One of the fronts will be Eritreans living outside Eritrea, who will be part of the undertaking that will shape the future direction of the country. The political process based on the road map will be directed and coordinated by the PFDJ and a body at a high level has already been formed.
Ephrem Kidane, our political analyst at Serawr Information and Research Center, said : “This is a great move. First the political process that President Isaias is talking about, is not merely limited to drafting a constitutional paper as it was previously done. It is rather to build a strong, organized system that can withstand and adapt to future domestic, regional and global challenges.”
Moreover, Ephrem stated “such kind of system, which only exists in the developed and dominant countries, is paramount to ensure the continuity of our independent, self-reliant and confident nation in the face of dangerous global and regional political, securities, economic and social realities that could negatively challenge us. The preference to a building such system over a shallow constitutional parer shows the clear understanding the leadership have about such realities.The second point is strengthening PFDJ is not a separate or different issue from drafting a constitution”