ADDITIONAL ABABA, May 4 (Xinhua) – On Saturday, House Representatives of the Elected People (HoPR) announced a national day of mourning on Monday to honor former president of Negasso Gidada.
Gidada, who was president of a country in east Africa between 1995 and 2001, died at the age of 76 on Saturday last year when he was treated in Germany.
The decision was announced by Tagesse Chafo, speaker of HoPR, the lower house of the Ethiopian parliament.
As part of the national mourning day, the Ethiopian flag will be flown in half a mast across the country, as well as Ethiopian embassies, consular offices and Ethiopian owned ships outside the territory of the country. country.
Gidada's body arrived in Ethiopia in the early hours of Saturday as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, other senior government officials and thousands of citizens gathered at Addis Ababa Bole Airport to pay tribute to the late president.
The late president in Ethiopia, who was also a member of HoPR, studied history in Germany.
Gidada was an ancient politician, and a member of the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), one of the four Ethiopian ruling coalition parties, the Ethiopian Revolutionary Front (EPRDF).
Gidada is best known for his contribution as chairman of the Ethiopian Constitutional Assembly, which adopted the current Ethiopian constitution in 1995.
He served as an information minister in Ethiopian transformational government in the 1990s.
Gidada, who resigned from the presidency, was followed by Girma Wolde-Giorgis, who died in December last year at 94 years of age.
Wolde-Giorgis, having spent two consecutive seasons as Ethiopian president since 2001, gave up in 2013 and was followed by former President Mulatu Teshome, who resigned in October 2018.
On October 25, 2018, Ethiopia elected her first female president, Sahle-Work Zewde, following Teshome's resignation.