name = Girma Wolde-Giorgis
President of Ethiopia
08 October 2001
birth_date = December 1924
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
party = Independent
religion = Ethiopian Orthodox
Girma Wolde-Giorgis (born December 1924 in
Addis Ababa) is the President of Ethiopia. He was elected on October 8 2001, as a relative unknown and a surprise choice, by a unanimousvote of the Ethiopian Parliament. [ [http://www.irinnews.org/report.asp?ReportID=12114&SelectRegion=Horn_of_Africa&SelectCountry=ETHIOPIA "Former parliamentary speaker elected president"] , IRIN, October 9, 2001.] The Ethiopian presidency is largely a symbolic office with little power. Presidents serve six-year terms. Girma was re-elected as President on October 9 2007. [ [http://www.jeuneafrique.com/jeune_afrique/article_depeche.asp?art_cle=AFP91317girmasnaxis0 "Girma Woldegiorgis réélu président pour six ans"] , AFP (Jeuneafrique.com), October 9, 2007 fr icon.]
Girma Wolde-Giorgis is from the
Oromoethnic nation of Ethiopia. He is a married father of five children.
Girma first attended an
Ethiopian Orthodox Churchschool and later joined the Teferi Mekonnen Schoolin Addis Ababawhere he followed his education until the Italian invasion. The school was then renamed " The Scuola Principe Piedmonte" (Prince of Piedmonte School) for the Crown Prince of Italy, in Addis Ababa.
Between 1950 and 1952, he received certificates in
Management(from Holland), in Air Traffic Management(in Sweden) and Air Traffic Control(in Canada) under a training programme sponsored by the International Civil Aviation Organization. Girma Woldegiorgis speaks many languages fluently. They are: Afan Oromo(Oromiffa), Amharic, Tigrinya, Italian, English and French.
* in 1941 he was enlisted at the
Ethiopian Military Radio Communicationset up by U.K.
* in 1944 graduated from the
Genet Military Schoolas a Sub-Lieutenant
* joined the Air Force in 1946 and took various Air Management courses
* became assistant teacher in
air navigationand flight controlin 1948
* became head of Civil Aviation of
Eritreain 1955 (Eritrea, at the time, was federatedwith Ethiopiaby order of HIM Haile Selassie I)
* assumed the post of
Director Generalof the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authorityin 1957 and was Board member of the Ethiopian Airlinesduring the same period.
* became Director General of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Planning at the time of establishment in 1951
member of parliamentin 1961
* was elected
speaker of the parliamentfor three consecutive years.
* helped win a seat for the Ethiopian Parliament in the
International Parliamentary Unionand attended conferences of the IPU in Switzerland, Denmarkand former Yugoslaviaand was elected as Vice President of the 52nd Meeting of the International Parliamentary Union.
* served as Manager of the Import and Export Enterprise (IMPEX).
* served as deputy Commissioner of the Peace Programme drawn up in 1977 by the provisional military government of Ethiopia (Derg) to settle the Eritrean problem peacefully.
* became member of the
House of Peoples' Representativesof the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia(FDRE) after winning in the Becho woredaconstituency, Mirab Shewa Zoneof the Oromia Region, as an independent candidatein the second round elections in 2000.
Experience in non-governmental offices
Between 1965 and 1974:
* Board member of the
Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce
* Representative for Australian Trade Mission in Ethiopia
* Founder and Director of the Ghibe Agricultural Association
* Founder and Director of the Keffa and Illubabor Timber Processing Industry
While in Eritrea before 1990:
* President of the
Ethiopian Red Cross Society- Eritrea Branch (Asmara)
* Board President of Cheshire Home
* Managing Director of Leprosy Control Organization
Upon returning to Ethiopia from Eritrea in 1990, he served as Board Member of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society and Head of its International Logistics Department.
He launched an environmental protection association called "Lem Ethiopia" in 1991 to date serving as Vice President of the Board of the Association.
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