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1975: Who Is the Rightful Heir to the Imperial Throne of Ethiopia?

1975: Who Is the Rightful Heir to the Imperial Throne of Ethiopia?
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  • Historical event:
  • 27 August 1975
  • Zera Yacob, born in 1953, is the grandson of the Emperor Haile Selassie I. He lives in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, and is supposed to inherit the title of Emperor of Ethiopia.

The famous Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I, the last reigning Emperor of Ethiopia, died on this day in 1975.

Less than a year before his death, he had been deposed by the military putschists. They held him captive in the imperial palace in Addis Ababa. Since that time, monarchy hasn’t been established in Ethiopia.

But the Emperor had his rightful heir – Asfaw Wossen, the Emperor’s son. Asfaw was even crowned Emperor (as Amha Selassie I) while he was in exile.

He spent some time in Switzerland, London, and finally settled near the U.S. capital of Washington, in ​​McLean, Virginia (in the vicinity of the CIA headquarters in Langley). Amha Selassie I died in the USA in 1997.

Amha Selassie I had only one son who could inherit the title of Emperor of Ethiopia. His name is Zera Yacob, and he was born in 1953. Zera lives in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, and received his education at Eton and Oxford.

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