December 12, 2020
Former Prime Minister Fikreselassie Wogderes on Saturday passed away at the age of 75 in the capital Addis Ababa, borkena has learned.
He served as Prime Minister for four years under Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam’s government. He was among the key leaders of the Ethiopian revolutionaries from the Ethiopian Defense Force. Before emerging as a leader in the late 70s, he was serving in the Ethiopian Air force.
As a member of Ethiopia Air Force, he was sent to the US for a study before the Ethiopian Revolution.
Sometime in 2013, he published the history of the Ethiopian revolution from his perspective under the title “egna ena Abiyotu” which translates as “Us and the Revolution.”
After TPLF, now believed to be in the dust bin of history, took over power in 1991, Fikreselassie was one of Colonel Mengitu Hailemariam’g government officials who was arrested, and spent twenty years of his life in prison.
As many of members of Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam’s, he has a reputation as a man of integrity as far as corruption is concerned.
Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam is said to have a very high regard for him, as witnessed by Journalist Guenet Ayele Gruenberg, who interviewed published a book entitled “colonel Mengistu Hailemariam’s memories”
“Comrade Fikreselassie was among my confidant and reliable comrades. I found it hard to accept his death. He was a positive friend who stood by my side until the period of separation due to the course of history. Like many of us, he devoted his life to the revolution and the people, and had no private property,” Guenet Ayele cited Colonel Mengistu as saying.
Funeral detail are unavailable at this writing.
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