Ethiopian Head of State, Mengistu Haile-Mariam, has called on his people to mobilise all their material and manpower resources in the fight for socialist reforms.
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Background: Ethiopian Head of State, Mengistu Haile-Mariam, has called on his people to mobilise all their material and manpower resources in the fight for socialist reforms. Colonel Mengistu was speaking at the end of six-day session of the Congress for National Revolutionary Development, Campaign and Central Planning in Addis Ababa last Saturday (13 October). But Ethiopia's military leadership faces a difficult task -- with 93 percent of the population illiterate, prices rising and a high level of unemployment.
SYNOPSIS: Colonel Mengistu reminded his enthusiastic audience that he had full confidence in the workers, peasants and their progressive allies. He was sure, he said, that they would deploy in this campaign programme the same degree of revolutionary commitment and dedication they demonstrated when the country faced what he called "external aggression and internal reaction."
During the nearly four-hour session Colonel mengistu Announced the new slogan -- "Producers' Co-operative or Death". This underlined the government's determination to build a new socialist order to replace what it terms the "corrupt and feudal past". The ruling Provisional Military Administrative Council, (PMAC), has in its first four years been hindered in its aims by the war in the Ogaden Desert.
Colonel Mengistu compared Ethiopia's problems to those the Soviet Union experienced in its early years. He stressed the crucial need for a thrifty use of oil and maintaining the right priorities. Colonel Mengistu announced that inspite of difficulties, the targets of the previous campaign had been met.