Former president of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Negasso Gidada, reportedly passed away.
The Office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia has confirmed the news on Friday afternoon. He was 76 years of age.
He served as president for six years until he fell out with the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s administration.
Apart from serving in the role of heads of state, he was a member of Constitution draft Committee.
He was also chairman of Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO) now re-branded as Oromo Democratic Party, one of the constituent parties of the ruling coalition and in charge of Oromo regional state.
After leading an impoverished life for years following fall out with what was the the dominant party in the ruling coalition,Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the ethnic ethnic Oromo Party he led which is now turning out to be dominant, reconsidered his situation made arrangement to assist him financially in addition to awarding him with a vehicle.
Recently, he was appointed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration to the truth and reconciliation.
Academically, he has background in history. He studied at Haileselassie I University, now Addis Ababa University, and earned his BA in 1971.
After serving as school principal for four years between 1971 and 1974, a year during which the Ethiopian revolution broke out, he left for Germany where he lived until he returned to Ethiopia in 1991.
In Germany, his study of history and earned his PHD from Goethe University in Frankfurt.
The Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office has disclosed that “a national committee to oversee the funeral arrangements is being established and will communicate the details accordingly.”
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