He was largely a figurehead, set on the throne by the Enderase or Regent, Ras Dori, who had deposed Gigar. However, Iyasu took to riding through the countryside and organizing raids; when Ras Ali II who had succeeded his uncle Ras Dori heard about this, he quickly deposed Iyasu. However, Samuel Gobat records in his journal that Iyasu's fall was due to efforts of the former Emperor Gigar, who "by false testimony" accused Iyasu of inviting Ras Ali's rival, Ali Faris, to depose the Enderase. "It is now said" Gobat wrote on 26 November 1832, "that the old king, Guigar, has procured his death by poison."
- Wallis Budge, E. A. (1970) . A History of Ethiopia: Nubia and Abyssinia. Oosterhout, the Netherlands: Anthropological Publications. p. 481.; H. Weld Blundell, The Royal chronicle of Abyssinia, 1769-1840 (Cambridge: University Press, 1922), p. 488f
- Gobat, Samuel (1969) . Journal of Three years' Residence in Abyssinia. New York: Negro Universities Press. p. 429f. Although Gobat calls him "Aligaz Faris", the Royal chronicles correctly identify him as "Ali Faris".
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