Seyoum Mesfin

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Seyoum Mesfin Gebredingel (born January 25, 1949) is an Ethiopian politician and diplomat. He was Ethiopia's Foreign Minister from 1991 until September 2010 and has subsequently served as Ethiopia's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China.

Born in Tigray Province, Seyoum was trained in science and academic background, gained first at Bahar Dar Polytechnic Institute and later at Addis Ababa University. According to Aregawi Berhe, he was one of seven students who met on 14 September 1974 at an inconspicuous cafe in the Piazza district to create the Tigrayan Peoples' Liberation Front.[1]

Seyoum was the Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs for nearly 20 years, from 1991 until he was replaced after the 2010 parliamentary election. He is also an executive member of the Central Committee of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).[2] He is also a member of the House of Peoples' Representatives, representing Adigrat.[3]

After leaving the government in 2010, Seyoum was appointed as Ambassador to China.[4]

He was also Chief Executive Officer of the Endowment Fund for the Rehabilitation of Tigray from 2000 until early 2009.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aregawi, A Political history of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (1975-1991) (Los Angeles: Tsehai, 2009), p. 40
  2. ^ "List of Central Members of EPRDF", Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front website (accessed 29 May 2009)
  3. ^ "House of Peoples' Representatives of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia", Ethiopian Parliament website (accessed 6 October 2009)
  4. ^ "A five-year exit plan", Africa Confidential, volume 52, number 3, 4 February 2011.
  5. ^ "First Lady Makes it to EFFORT's Helm", Addis Fortune, published March, 2009 (accessed 5 May 2010)