Halemariam Desalegn Awarded Ethiopia's Highest Medal of Honor
April 25, 2018 - Former Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegn was awarded Ethiopia's highest medal of honor yesterday in a ceremony held at the national palace.
In a farewell yesterday by senior government officials and diplomats, Prime Minister Abiy thanked the former Premier for his contribution to the country and described him as “an academic who has a special quality that could be a model for all of us.”
“Hailemariam taught us a lot. He taught us that power should be used to serve the public, not for personal use,” he said.
The Premier further thanked former First Lady Roman Tesfay for her contribution for the success of the former Premier Hailemariam Desalegn.
Hailemariam Desalegn on his part thanked Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed and his staff for hosting the farewell event, and said the new Premier should be given time, support, and advice for the challenges that lie ahead.
“The Prime Minister is young and can contribute a lot,” he said, adding “I’m happy to see that our country is on a good hand.”
“Currently, the country is at good wind of change. We should do our best to make the change meet the needs of all of us,” he said.