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This book provides first-hand information on the inner workings of the process, dabbed by the international press as the ‘creeping coup’ that brought the downfall of the legendary Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. The 108 members of the junta, known as the Derg, which means committee in Amharic started meeting without clear agenda or purpose. The author was one of the three members of the Planning Committee, who, with the oversight of Mengistu Haile Mariam, developed the plan for most of the critical actions the Derg made during the first seven months. The book provides first-hand information on what took place in this committee and the Derg at large, during this period.  The information provided is of immense value to historians and anybody who wants to research this period in Ethiopian history. 


MICHAEL GHEBRENEGUS HAILE was a captain in the Eritrean Police Force when he was sent by his unit to join the committee of the armed forces that was supposed to bring the former government officials of Haile Selassie to trial. An Eritrean by origin, the author was educated in law and served as legal adviser, prosecutor and defense lawyer at the military tribunal, prior to joining the Derg.

Downfall of an Emperor: Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and the Derg’s Creeping Coup

SKU: 9781569024966