Mengistu Haile Mariam

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Birthday
27, 1937
Birthplace
Ethiopia
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
27, 1937 (age 82)
Birthplace
Ethiopia

About

Ethiopian political figure who led the Derg, the communist military government that controlled Ethiopia during the 1970s and '80s. He served as de facto Head of State from 1977 to 1987 and as President of Ethiopia from 1987 until the end of the Ethiopian Civil War in 1991.

Before Fame

He joined his country's army when he was young and participated in six months of military training in the United States.

Trivia

After the Ethiopian Civil War, he escaped to Zimbabwe, where he was offered asylum. He was convicted of genocide in absentia in the Ethiopian Courts due to his involvement in the Ethiopian Red Terror.

Family Life

He was married to Wubanchi Bishaw.

Associated With

He was granted asylum in Zimbabwe as a personal guest of 7-term Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.