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Ethiopia celebrates 113th anniversary of victory against Italian invaders

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March 2, 2009

The day is being celebrated throughout the country to commemorate the historic day when Ethiopia defeated the better equipped Italian Army to remain the only independent nation in Africa during the colonial period.

The day is being celebrated in Addis Ababa at the Menelik square in a ceremony attended by government officials, patriots and youths from various schools.

Speaker of parliament Teshome Toga said March 2 is a special day not only for Ethiopia but also for Africa as a day of independence against invaders.

He urged the youth to mobilize themselves in the battle against poverty which the country is giving priority.

“The youth have a big role to follow their forefathers’ history and make another history against poverty. The Battle of Adwa, which the Ethiopian forces under Emperor Menelik II defeated in unison an invading force of Italian troops, was one of the most significant turning points in the history of modern Africa,” he said.

APA

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