List of Presidents of Ethiopia

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President of the
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
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Mulatu Teshome.jpg
Incumbent
Mulatu Teshome

since 7 October 2013
Residence National Palace, Addis Ababa
Term length 6 years
Inaugural holder Mengistu Haile Mariam
Formation 10 September 1987
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The President of Ethiopia, officially the President of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia is the head of state of Ethiopia. The position is largely a ceremonial one. President of Ethiopia with executive power effectively being exercised by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. The current president is Mulatu Teshome, who took office on 7 October 2013. Presidents are elected by the House of Peoples' Representatives for a six-year term and are limited for two terms.

Election[edit]

The president is elected by an absolute majority in the House of Peoples' Representatives. If no candidate has received an absolute majority by the third round of voting, a simple majority is sufficient. When electing the president, members of the parliament vote by raising hand. The president is elected two terms six years and can be re-elected once.

Any Ethiopian citizen who is a resident of the State is eligible to run for president. The office falls vacant upon completion of a term, resignation, or the decision of three-quarters of the House of Peoples' Representatives (parliament)to remove the president on grounds of misconduct or incapacity. Presidential tenure is not keyed to that of the House of Peoples' Representatives in order to assure continuity in government and the nonpartisan character of the office. There is no vice president in the Ethiopia governmental system. If the president is temporarily incapacitated or leaves office, the speaker of the House of Peoples' Representatives becomes acting president.

Role[edit]

The 1995 Ethiopian Constitution lays out the duties and powers of the President of the Republic, to include:

  1. In foreign affairs:
    • Accrediting and receiving diplomatic functionaries;
    • Ratifying international treaties, upon authorization of Parliament (if required according to Article 80 of the Constitution);
    • Making official visits abroad, accompanied by a member of the government; and
    • Declaring a state of war, as decided by Parliament.
  2. In parliamentary affairs:
    • Calling the Chambers of Parliament into extraordinary session and dissolving them; and
    • Calling elections and fixing the date for the first meeting of the new Chambers.
  3. In legislative matters:
    • Authorizing the presentation of proposed governmental bills to Parliament;
    • Promulgating the laws approved in Parliament; and
    • Remanding to the Chambers (with an explanation) and asking for reconsideration of a bill (permitted once per bill);
  4. Appertaining to popular sovereignty:
  5. In executive matters and as to official protocol:
    • Naming the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, and appointing Cabinet ministers on the advice of the PM;
    • Accepting the oath of the government;
    • Receiving the resignation of a government;
    • Promulgating laws by decree, which are proposed by the government alone. These measures, unless acted on by Parliament, after 60 days;
    • Naming certain high state functionaries;
    • Presiding over the Supreme Defense Council, and commanding the armed forces; and
    • Decreeing the dissolution of regional councils and the removals of presidents of regions.
  6. In judicial matters:
    • Presiding over the Superior Judicial Council;
    • Naming one-third of the Constitutional Court; and
    • Granting pardons and commutations.

In practice, the President's office is mostly, though not entirely, ceremonial. The Constitution provides that nearly all presidential acts must be countersigned by a member of the government (either the Prime Minister or an individual minister), as most presidential acts are only formal, and real political responsibility is upon the government. Many of the others are duties that he is required to perform. However, pardons and commutations have been recognized as autonomous powers of the President.

Heads of State of Ethiopia (1974–present)[edit]

No. Name
(birth–death)
Picture Took office Left office Political party
Derg (Provisional Military Government of Socialist Ethiopia)
1 Aman Mikael Andom
(1924–1974)
Aman andom.png 12 September 1974 17 November 1974[1] Military
Mengistu Haile Mariam
(interim)
(1937–)
Mengistu Haile Mariam 3.jpg 17 November 1974 28 November 1974 Military
2 Tafari Benti
(1921–1977)
Teferi Benti.jpg 28 November 1974 3 February 1977[2] Military
3 Mengistu Haile Mariam
(1937–)
Mengistu Haile Mariam 3.jpg 3 February 1977 10 September 1987 Military /
Workers' Party of Ethiopia
People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
(3) Mengistu Haile Mariam
(1937–)
Mengistu Haile Mariam 3.jpg 10 September 1987 21 May 1991[3] Workers' Party of Ethiopia
Tesfaye Gebre Kidan
(acting)
(1935–2004)
No image.png 21 May 1991 28 May 1991 Workers' Party of Ethiopia
Transitional Government of Ethiopia
Meles Zenawi
(interim)
(1955–2012)
Meles Zenawi - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012.jpg 28 May 1991 22 August 1995 Tigrayan People's Liberation Front
(Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front)
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
4 Negasso Gidada
(1943–)
No image.png 22 August 1995 8 October 2001 Oromo Peoples' Democratic Organization
(Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front)[4]
5 Girma Wolde-Giorgis
(1924–)
President+girma woldegorgis.jpg 8 October 2001 7 October 2013 Independent
(Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front)
6 Mulatu Teshome
(1955/56–)
Mulatu Teshome.jpg 7 October 2013 Incumbent Oromo Peoples' Democratic Organization
(Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front)

Latest election[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Deposed and assassinated
  2. ^ Assassinated during a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Derg
  3. ^ Fled the country at the end of the Ethiopian Civil War
  4. ^ Expelled from both the OPDO and the EPRDF coalition on 22 June 2001

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