May 5, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- Former President of Ethiopia, Dr Negasso Gidada, was laid to rest today at St. Peter-Paul catholic cemetery today.
Thousands of people attended his funeral in the capital, Addis Ababa. President Sahle-work Zewde, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other senior government officials attended the ceremony.
President Sahle-Work Zewde said “Negaso was honest, human and has contributed a lot for the best of his country.”
Dr. Negasso Gidada served as President of Ethiopia for six years, from 1995 to 2001, until his fall-out with the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, following the split within the Tigrayan People's Lberation Front (TPLF) and then the EPRDF immdiately after the war with Eritrea.
He also served as chairman of Oromo People’s Democratic Organization (OPDO), now renamed Oromo Democratic Party, one of four member parties of the ruling coalition, Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).
Dr Negaso Gidada was a member of a committee that drafted the constitution and Chairman of the Constitutional Assembly, which adopted the current constitution, and became the first Head of State of Federal Ethiopia following that.
Dr Negasso Gidada was 76 when he died last week, He is survived by three children.