Fisseha Desta

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Fisseha Desta
ፍስሃ ደስታ
Vice President of Ethiopia
In office
10 September 1987 – 26 April 1991
PresidentMengistu Haile Mariam
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byTesfaye Gebre Kidan
Member of the Central Committee of COPWE
In office
Personal details
Born(1941-04-21)21 April 1941
Adwa, Italian East Africa
(now Ethiopia)
Died7 May 2022(2022-05-07) (aged 81)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Political partyWorkers' Party of Ethiopia
Military service
Allegiance Ethiopian Empire
Ethiopia Derg
Branch/serviceEthiopian Army
Years of service1962–1979
RankLieutenant Colonel
UnitFirst Division
Third Division
Battles/warsEritrean War of Independence

Fisseha Desta (Tigrinya: ፍስሃ ደስታ; 21 April 1941 – 7 May 2022) was an Ethiopian military officer and politician. He was the first vice president of Ethiopia from 1987 to 1991 during the Mengistu Haile Mariam administration. He was born in Adwa, Ethiopia. In the 1990s Fisseha was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the military dictatorship. He was then released in 2011 on parole.[1]

Desta died on 7 May 2022 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from heart disease at the age of 81.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "'The Revolution and My Memories'). By Fisseha Desta. Reviewer: Abebe Fentahun Misiker".
  2. "ኣብ እዋን ደርግ ምኽትል ፕረዚደንት ዝነበሩ ሌ/ኮሎኔል ፍስሃ ደስታ ዓሪፎም". BBC News ትግርኛ (in Tigrinya). Retrieved 2022-05-07.