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Transitional Government of Ethiopia

The Transitional Government of Ethiopia (TGE) was established immediately after the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) seized power from the communist-led People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (PDRE) in 1991 and it continued until 1995, when it transitioned into the reconstituted Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, which continues to this time. Meles Zenawi was the president and Tamrat Layne the prime minister of the Transitional Government.

Transitional Government of Ethiopia

  • የኢትዮጵያ ሽግግር መንግሥት
  • ye-Ītyōṗṗyā Yašegeger Mangeśt
Territory of Ethiopia until May 1993
Territory of Ethiopia until May 1993
CapitalAddis Ababa
Common languagesAmharic
GovernmentMarxist interim government
• 1991–1995
Meles Zenawi
Prime minister 
• 1991–1995
Tamrat Layne
Historical eraPost–Cold War
• Civil war
28 May 1991
23–25 April 1993
• Eritrean secession
24 May 1993
5 June 1994
May–June 1995
21 August 1995
1991[3]1,221,900 km2 (471,800 sq mi)
1993[4]1,127,127 km2 (435,186 sq mi)
1995[5]1,127,127 km2 (435,186 sq mi)
• 1991[3]
• 1993[4]
• 1995[5]
CurrencyEthiopian birr (ETB)
Calling code251
ISO 3166 codeET
Preceded by
Succeeded by
People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Today part of

In May 1991, the EPRDF drove the PDRE, led by Mengistu Haile Mariam, from power in Ethiopia. The EPRDF convened a National Conference from 1 July to 5 July and the Conference adopted a National Charter, which served as an interim constitution and established the Transitional Government. The Charter created the posts of president and prime minister, an 87-member Council of Representatives and a 17-member multi-ethnic Council of Ministers. The Council of Representatives was to elect the president, and oversee transition to a permanent government, which was expected to be created in 1994. A commission was to be created to draft a new constitution to come into effect by early 1994, two and a half years later.[6]

The Charter recognized the right of self-determination for each of Ethiopia's ethnic "nations, nationalities and peoples", within a federation, and called for the creation of ethnically based regional councils to replace the provinces.[6][7] One of the first tasks of the new Council of Representatives was to legislate for this. A Boundary Commission was set up in August 1991 to map the boundaries of the new regions.[7] A map was drawn up on 18 October 1991[8] and Proclamation 7/1992 to establish the "National Self-Governments" of the regions (plural: kililoch; singular: kilil) was issued on 16 January 1992.[7][9] The first elections for the fourteen councils were held on 21 June 1992. Following the elections, five of the regions were merged to form the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region in 1992.[7][10]

A Constituent Assembly was elected in 1994 to draw up a new constitution for Ethiopia. A general election was held in May–June 1995 and the new constitution took effect on 21 August 1995, ending the period of transition. The constitution adopted the name "Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia" for the country. It also formalized the democratic federal structure,[7] replacing the provinces with the ethnically based regions, similar to how India formed its states soon after independence. Meles became prime minister of the Federal Democratic Republic and remained so until his death on August 20, 2012.


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  2. ^ "Ethiopia". Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  3. ^ "Full text of "The 1991 CIA World Factbook"". Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  4. ^ "Full text of "The 1993 CIA World Factbook"". Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  5. ^ "Full text of "The 1995 CIA World Factbook"". Retrieved 2014-03-05.
  6. ^ a b Ofcansky, Thomas P.; Berry, LaVerle, eds. (1993). Country profile: Ethiopia (PDF). Federal Research Division, Library of Congress. pp. xxvii–xxviii.
  7. ^ a b c d e Vaughan, Sarah (2003). Ethnicity and Power in Ethiopia (Ph.D.). University of Edinburgh. pp. 27–29. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  8. ^ Marcus, Harold G. (2002). A History of Ethiopia (Updated ed.). University of California Press. p. 233. ISBN 978-0-520-22479-7.
  9. ^ Praeg, Bertus (2006). Ethiopia and Political Renaissance in Africa. New York: Nova Science. p. 94. ISBN 1-59454-869-2.
  10. ^ Lyons, Terrence (1996). "Closing the Transition: The May 1995 Elections in Ethiopia". Journal of Modern African Studies. 34 (1): 135. doi:10.1017/S0022278X00055233. JSTOR 161741.

Coordinates: 9°1.8′N 38°44.4′E / 9.0300°N 38.7400°E / 9.0300; 38.7400