“Eritrea at a Crossroads: A Narrative of Triumph, Betrayal and Hope”

Ch 6. State Construction & Development

Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole,

and not that of any one class. -Plato


ዕላማና ኣብ ህንጸት መንግስቲ እቲ ዚዓበየ ደስታ ናይቲ ምሉእ’ምበር፣

ናይ ዚዀነ ሓደ ደርቢ ኣይኰነን። – ፕሌቶ

Chapter 6



This chapter depicts the initial commitment of the nascent state to construct a democratic government based on the rule of law as the ‘foundation of economic growth, social harmony and progress’. It hails the pledge to establish a constitutional political system that respects democratic principles, human rights and civil liberties.


Further, the chapter features the promise to rehabilitate and develop a ‘modern, technologically advanced, and internationally competitive economy within the next two decades’ to enhance the “standard and quality of life of the Eritrean people’. More specifically, it assesses the project to establish a unitary, secular, united, democratic and developmental state, and contrasts the declared policies and actual practices of the Eritrean government since independence.


(PDF: Tigrinya ምዕራፍ 6)

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