Crown Council of Ethiopia

The Crown Council of Ethiopia was the constitutional body within the Ethiopian Empire, which advised the reigning Emperor of Ethiopia (Ge'ez: ንጉሠ ነገሥት, Nəgusä Nägäst). It also acted on behalf of the Crown. The council's members were appointed by the Emperor.

Crown Council of Ethiopia
Imperial coat of arms of Ethiopia (Haile Selassie).svg
Royal Coat of Arms
AbbreviationCrown Council
Type Ethiopian Empire
Legal statusConstitutional Body
Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie

The Communist Derg deposed the last Emperor, Haile Selassie I on 12 September 1974, and dissolved the Council. Most members of the Council were imprisoned and executed, including its president, Prince Asrate Medhin Kassa. The Derg announced that the monarchy had been abolished early in the following year. However, in 1993, a new Crown Council — which included several descendants of the late Haile Selassie I — asserted that the title of Emperor of Ethiopia was still in existence, and the Crown Council would act in its interests. Its justification was that the abolition of the monarchy by the Derg was extra-constitutional and carried out illegally.

The Crown Council of Ethiopia acted as Government-in-exile of the Ethiopian Empire (thus claiming Ethiopia & Eritrea).

The Federal Constitution of 1995 confirmed the status of the country as a republic, but Ethiopian royalists continue to operate the Crown Council. The Ethiopian government has however continued to accord members of the Imperial family their princely titles as a matter of courtesy. On 16 March 2005, Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie was reaffirmed by his second cousin Prince Zera Yacob as the President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia. Prince Zera Yacob is considered to be the Crown Prince of Ethiopia.[1] On July 28, 2004, the Crown Council redefined its role by redirecting its mission from the political realm to a mission of cultural preservation, development and humanitarian efforts in Ethiopia.

President of the Crown CouncilEdit

Portrait President
Term of office Emperor
  Prince Kassa Haile Darge
13 July
16 November
Haile Selassie I
Vacant 1956–1971[2]
  Prince Asrate Kassa
12 September
Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie
15 July
Prince Amha Selassie
Zera Yacob Amha Selassie

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Crown Council" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-09-21. Retrieved 2006-03-11.
  2. ^ Emperor Haile Selassie I acted as President of the Council

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