Regina Abelt

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Regina Abelt (born 1954) was the First Lady of Ethiopia from 1995 until 2001, and a German citizen. She is the first person to hold such a government position while being a citizen of a different country[citation needed].

Background[edit]

Abelt was born in Germany. She worked as an aid worker in Rwanda from 1979 to 1983. Abelt was one of the many foreign nurses working in the western Oromia Region where she met her future husband, Dr. Negasso Gidada, who was also a student at Germany's Goethe University Frankfurt. Even though she held German citizenship, Regina became the First Lady of Ethiopia by virtue of her marriage to the then President Dr. Negasso.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Etwas absurd", Focus magazine (accessed 17 November 2010)