President Museveni on Monday departed United Arab Emirates for Addis Ababa where he attended the swearing-in ceremony of Abiy Ahmed Ali, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
Abiy was sworn in for a second five-year term.
His inauguration comes as a nearly year-long war in the northern region of Tigray spreads into other parts of the country and watchdogs warn that repressive government practices are on the return.
Signs bearing a flower and the words “New Beginnings” were seen across the capital ahead of Monday’s ceremony.
“I, Abiy Ahmed Ali, today in the House of People’s Representatives, accept the appointment as prime minister, as I pledge to undertake responsibly and with faith to the constitution the responsibility placed upon me by the people,” he said while being sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice Meaza Ashenafi.
Just three African heads of state — from Nigeria, Senegal and neighboring Somalia — attended the ceremony.
“Today is a milestone yet only a beginning of a season of hope,” Abiy’s senior adviser Mamo Mihretu said on Twitter. “The road ahead might be daunting, but we shall not be weary.”