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Mengistu Haile Mariam Edit Profile

also known as Mengistu Haile Mariam

head of state of Ethiopia

Mengistu Haile Mariam, former head of state of Ethiopia.


Mariam, Mengistu Haile was born in 1937.


Student, Holeta Military Academy.


Commissioned officer Ethiopian Army, advanced through grades to major. Head of Ethiopian Government, 1974—1991. Member Armed Forces Coordinating Committee (Derg), 1974-1991.

Took leading part in overthrow of Emperor Haile Sellassie, 1974. Head Derg Executive Committee, 1974. 1st vice chairman Provisional Military Administrative Council, 1974-1977, chairman, 1977-1992.

Chairman Council of Ministers, 1976-1992. Secretary general Workers' Party Ethiopia, 1984-1991. President Peoples Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, 1987-1992.

Chairman National Committee for Center Planning. Now in exile, Zimbabwe. Convicted of genocide in absentia, 2007.


Married Ubanchi Bishaw. 5 children.

Ubanchi Bishaw