Former Ethiopian President dies

Former Ethiopian President Girma Woldegiorgis. Photo: BBC

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Ethiopia has lost its former President Girma Woldegiorgis.

The venerable statesman died on Saturday, two weeks short of his 95th birthday, state media reported.

Girma was president of Ethiopia between 2001 and 2013.

Although the President of Ethiopia is the country’s head of state, Iits powers are largely ceremonial; the Constitution explicitly vests executive power in the Council of Ministers, and names the Prime Minister as chief executive.

Girma’s demise was reported by the Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) and other state media which did not specify the cause of the legendary Ethiopian’s death.

The multi-lingual statesman spoke Amharic, his native language Afan Oromo as well as English and French.

His latest agenda was brokering reconciliation between Ethiopia and Eritrea who finally buried their hatchet in July 2018.

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