FORMER ETHIOPIAN PRESIDENT GIRMA WOLDEGIORGIS DIES AT 95

Former Ethiopian president Girma Woldegiorgis died on Saturday, two weeks short of his 95th birthday, state media reported.

Girma was president of Ethiopia for twelve years from 2001 to 2013, a largely ceremonial role.

The Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) and other state media reported his death.

The cause of death was not given.

Girma was a fluent speaker in Ethiopia’s working language Amharic, his native language Afan Oromo as well as English and French.

In recent years, Girma had been active in efforts to foster reconciliation between former foes Ethiopia and Eritrea who declared an end to two decades of hostility in July.

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