The first congress of the Revolutionary Ethiopia Youth Association was opened on Monday (1 September) at Addis Ababa University by the country's Head of State, Mengistu Haile Mariam.
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CU PAN FROM Chairman Mengistu Haile Mariam speaking to ministers sitting on platform.
CU Chairman Mengistu speaking.
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Background: The first congress of the Revolutionary Ethiopia Youth Association was opened on Monday (1 September) at Addis Ababa University by the country's Head of State, Mengistu Haile Mariam.
SYNOPSIS: The congress was attended by 1,200 delegates representing three million Ethiopians in youth organisations throughout the country. Colonel Mengistu welcomed the delegates, along with senior ministers and officials of the ruling party, to what he called a landmark in Ethiopia's social revolution. He stressed the importance of young people's role in carrying forward the revolutionary process, and urged them to renew their efforts.
In his speech the Head of State recalled the part which young people had played in defeating the country's old feudal system, especially by bringing political consciousness to the countryside. The need now, Colonel Mengistu said, was for more coherent organisation of youth at national level, as reflected by the Addis Ababa congress. He warned that, in his view, reactionary forces were still at work trying to encourage extremism by taking advantage of young people's impatience. The Head of State said that the yough organisations' activities should be part and parcel of the national drive towards socialist reconstruction.