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adal

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Mr. Hirui:

The Chairmn of the EDA, Mr. Hussein Khalifa,  addresses the dictatorial regime in Eritrea as : Al Hukuma Al Habeshia fi Asmara...the Habesha/Highland Christian regime in Asmara.  Why would the Chairman of EDA address the regime this way? Is it appropriate or politcally correct?

 

 

 

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It is the first time I hear or read about it. If this remark is true, we can easily say that the remark is indeed inappropriate and politically in inappropriate. In the modern age, there is no state that calls itself Habesha. historically, the geographical area occupied by Eritrea and Ethiopia was known as the Habesha. During the Ottoman period, present Eritrea was depicted as Habeshistan. The Sudanese refer to the Tigrinya and the Amarinya speakers as Habesh. Sometimes non-Tigrinya speakers refer to their co-nationals as Habesha. Since this appellation has become pejorative it is best not to use it indiscriminately.

Herui 

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