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Fisseha Desta : Ethiopia’s former president dies at 81  

Fisseha Desta _ Ethiopia
The cover of Colonel Fisseha Desta’s book – “The revolution and my memories.”

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Fisseha Desta, Ethiopia’s vice president during Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam’s administration, died in the capital Addis Ababa at the age of 81. Fisseha was born in Adwa, Tigray region of Ethiopia in 1941. 

The family announced that he was suffering from heart disease, and was following medication in the country and abroad. 

He was in prison for twenty years along with other senior former government officials who served in the same administration. After his release from prison, he published “The revolution and My memories, ” which chronicles the struggles during and after the 1974 Ethiopian revolution.   

He is survived by his wife and his son. 

He will be laid to rest on Sunday at Menbere Tsebaot Kidist Selassie Church in Addis Ababa. 

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  1. Now he is gonna face those 60 former officials of the late emperor’s government that he and his friends in the Derg leadership sent to their deaths in the most gruesome way. It was reported that the summary execution on that cold night was carried that some of them were still alive when they dumped in the mass grave. It was reported that most of them were veterans of the resistance revolt who spit in the face of the ruthless Mussolini in the 1930’s. It was also reported that he was the reason why he and his friends escaped the gallows/firing squad after they were sentenced to death by the court due to the fact that Sebhat was his bosom buddy. Mercy upon him!!!!

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