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Official celebration of 19th anniversary of Eritrean Independence Day conducted in colorful manner

The official celebrations marking the 19th anniversary of Eritrean Independence Day was colorfully conducted today at the Asmara Stadium in the presence of President Isaias Afwerki, Sudanese brothers, senior Government and PFDJ officials, religious leaders and diplomats, as well as thousands of citizens.

Asmara, 24 May 2010 – The official celebrations marking the 19th anniversary of Eritrean Independence Day was colorfully conducted today at the Asmara Stadium in the presence of President Isaias Afwerki, Sudanese brothers, senior Government and PFDJ officials, religious leaders and diplomats, as well as thousands of citizens.

In a speech he delivered on the occasion, President Isaias congratulated the patriotic and stanch Eritrean people, as well as partners and friends of Eritrea.   Noting that 19 years are not that long in the process of building a real sovereign and independent nation, the President stated that the accomplishments and developments that unfolded over such span of time, especially the latter 12 years no doubt represent much more.

As regards the so-called “sanctions” maneuvers against the people and Government of Eritrea, he underscored that the issue basically lacks any legality and is essentially designed to cover up other main and fundamental issues, and thereby diverting matters to meaningless direction through derailing the appropriate path. As such, the people and Government of Eritrea dealt resolute rebuff both in letter and spirit to the conspiracy, the President elaborated. 
(See full text of the President’s speech posted earlier) 

Also in a speech he delivered on behalf of the National Holidays Coordinating Committee, Mr. Zemhret Yohanes, Head of Research and Documentation at the PFDJ, pointed out that May 24 occupies special place in the nation’s history as it paved the way for new stage and a promising future.  He further indicated that the great Day reminds all Eritrean nationals to redouble endeavors towards building a prosperous and strong nation.

Various programs, including military parade, cultural and artistic presentations, as well as calisthenics with the participation of students featured during the occasion that was transmitted live through ERI-TV and Dimtsi-Hafash.

 

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