|... Our people have long enjoyed the tradition and experience of |
independence. Nonetheless, in recognition of the conditions which
then existed, aware of the long-term benefits to be realized, We
granted to Our people the nation's first written Constitution in 1931.
The difficulties which We encountered in accomplishing this radical
departure from custom, the trials to eliminate surviving feudal
traditions in achieving this notable step along the path of progress,
were heavy indeed, even wearisome. Even surviving eye-witnesses
could have but a vague recollection of those difficult times. How
much less can those far removed from the period be expected to
appreciate the troubles to which We were put in those days. ...
... We have provided for this improved and reformed system of
Government according to the ideals of modern Ethiopianism, building
upon the accumulated experience of the years, preserving those
elements of the past which have proven useful, modifying and
improving those parts which call for change. We envisage that future
changes and improvements may be introduced in the future as the
need arises. When change is required, paramount in Our thoughts and
those of Our officials will be interests of the Ethiopian people.