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Girma Wolde-Giorgis

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Girma Wolde-Giorgis
President of Ethiopia
In office
October 8, 2001 (2001-10-08) – October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07)
Prime MinisterHailemariam Desalegn
Preceded byNegasso Gidada
Succeeded byMulatu Teshome
Personal details
Girma Wolde-Giorgis

(1924-12-26)December 26, 1924
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
DiedDecember 19, 2018(2018-12-19) (aged 93)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Political partyIndependent
ProfessionParliamentary speaker, Air force personnel

Girma Wolde-Giorgis (December 28, 1924 – December 15, 2018)[1] was an Ethiopian politician and was the President of Ethiopia from 2001 to 2013.


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Girma Wolde-Giorgis was born in December 28, 1924, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He went to school at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church school and he later joined the Teferi Mekonnen School in Addis Ababa until the Italian invasion of Ethiopia. He was elected the President of Ethiopia as a surprise choice on 8 October 2001 by a unanimous vote of the Ethiopian Parliament. On 9 October 2007, he was re-elected as president.[2]

Mulatu Teshome was elected the President of Ethiopia by a unanimous parliamentary vote on 7 October 2013.[3]

Wolde-Giorgis died on December 15, 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the age of 93.[4]


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  1. "The Life of Girma Wolde Giorgis | Ethiopia Observer". Archived from the original on 2017-06-17. Retrieved 2017-10-22.
  2. "BBC News - Ethiopia profile - Leaders". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
  3. "Ethiopia parliament elects Mulatu Teshome as new president". Rappler. Archived from the original on 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  4. "Former Ethiopian president Girma Woldegiorgis dies". The East African. Retrieved 2018-12-15.