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Negasso Gidada

Negasso Gidada
ነጋሶ ጊዳዳ
Nägaso Gidada
President of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
In office
22 August 1995 – 8 October 2001
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
Succeeded by Girma Wolde-Giorgis
Member of the House of Peoples' Representatives for Dembidolo
Assumed office
Personal details
Born Negasso Gidada Solon
September 1943 (age 72)
Dembidolo, Ethiopia
Political party EPRDF (−22 June 2001)
Independent (2005–present)
Spouse(s) Regina Abelt
Religion Protestant

Dr. Negasso Gidada Solon (Amharic: ነጋሶ ጊዳዳ Nägaso Gidada; born 1943) was the President of Ethiopia from 1995 until 2001. He is the son of Gidada Solon, one of the first local ministers of a Protestant church in the Dembidolo area in western Ethiopia.

Dr. Nagasso holds a doctorate in social history from the Goethe University in Frankfurt-am-Main and is currently a part-time lecturer of history at Addis Ababa University. The title of his doctoral thesis is "History of the Sayyoo Oromo of Southwestern Wallaga, Ethiopia, from about 1730 to 1886". He is married to Regina Abelt, a German nurse and midwife. Being the First Lady of Ethiopia while holding the German Citizenship earned Abelt considerable, yet unwanted, attention by the German and European tabloid press. In marked contrast, Regina Abelt was virtually invisible in Ethiopia and never enjoyed the official title of First Lady which was instead used by the wife of the Prime Minister.

Political career

In Europe, he was an active member of the OPDO and the EPRDF coalition on 22 June.[3]

In the 2005 general elections, Dr. Negasso was elected to the Ethiopian House of People's Representatives as an independent from Dembidolo in the Mirab Welega Zone of the Oromia Region.

In July 2008, Dr. Negasso became a founding member of the Ethiopia's current constitution was ratified in 1995 with full participation of all political parties in a democratic manner. "There were a number of political parties that were excluded from the process," he said during the ceremony when he and Siye Abraha were officially inducted into the UDJ.[6]


  1. ^ Yenegasso menged
  2. ^ "Monthly Situation Report for Ethiopia, August 1995" UNDP-EUE (accessed 20 January 2009)
  3. ^ "ETHIOPIA: President expelled from ruling party", IRIN, 25 June 2001.
  4. ^ "Opposition holds 'Forum for Democratic Dialogue in Ethiopia'", Sudan Times 3 July 2008 (accessed 16 November 2009)
  5. ^ "Ex-Ethiopia President Negasso Gidada joins opposition"
  6. ^ " Ethiopia: Two ex-senior government officials join opposition party", Afrique en ligne website, published 26 November 2009 (accessed 22 December 2009)

External links

  • President Negasso Gidada Interview EthioTube (Amharic)
  • BBC News – Ethiopian president on offensive
  • DEHAI NEWS – the referendum
  • Ethiopian News Agency
  • Ethiopian Reporter – demand for extraordinary parliamentary session
  • Media ETHIOPIA People in Ethiopia
Political offices
Preceded by
Meles Zenawi
President of Ethiopia
Succeeded by
Girma Wolde-Giorgis
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