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Fitawrari Habte Giyorgis Dinagde (Amharic: ሀብተጊዮርጊስ ዲነግዴ; 1851 – 12 December 1926) was an Ethiopian military commander and government official, of Oromo decent who, among several other posts, served as President of the Council of Ministers and as Minister of War during the reigns of Menelik II, Iyasu V, Zewditu I and Haile Selassie.

Fitawrari Habte Giyorgis Dinagde
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Died12 December 1926 (aged 75)
  • Dinagde (father)

Early lifeEdit

Habte Giyorgis Dinagde was a member of the Oromo people family. Habte Giyorgis Dinagde was found in Gurage battlefield was taken to Ankober. Habte Giyorgis Dinagde was a young man when he joined the forces of Menelik, then-King of Shewa, during one of Menelik's campaigns to establish Ethiopian imperial rule (under Amhara Shewan administration) over the southern independent other kingdoms and chieftains that had, over the previous centuries, existed independently.

Military careerEdit

Habte Giyorgis played a leading role in several important battles of Ethiopian history. He participated in many battles, including the Battle of Adwa.

Political potentiateEdit

However, he grew to become a skilled military leader and statesman. He was also a central figure in the coup which removed Taitu from power during the period of Menelik II's incapacitation as well as the 1916 coup which deposed Iyasu V and put Empress Zewditu in power.

From 1909 to 1927, Habte Giyorgis was Chief Minister (equivalent to the late title of Prime Minister) of the Council of Ministers to the Emperor of Ethiopia. He was an important figure in the Ethiopian Empire often cited for his great skills as military commander and judiciary.


A street in Addis Ababa are named after him. He is still today renowned for his wisdom and his military skills.