Ethiopia Declares a Day of National Mourning in Honor of Girma Wolde-Giorgis


Ethiopian parliament has declared three days of national mourning beginning Wednesday to honor president Girma Wolde-Giorgis.

The House of Peoples’ Representatives convened on Tuesday and decided unanimously that Wednesday, will be mourning day for the former president.

The parliament has announced the mourning day at the 4th year 12th regular meeting held today morning.

According to a decision of the parliament tomorrow, Wednesday, December 19, 2018, will be the national mourning day.

As the government announced today, flags will be flown at half-mast on Wednesday in all regions of the country and Ethiopian Embassies and consulates all over the world.

Girma Wolde-Giorgis, former long-serving Ethiopian president who died last Saturday at the age of 94, will be laid to rest tomorrow.

Following the announcement of his death by state-run broadcaster early Saturday, tributes have continued to pour in from various walks of lives, including senior Ethiopian government officials.

The Ethiopian government has revealed a committee which is responsible for honoring Girma Wolde-Giorgis.

Wolde-Giorgis, after serving two consecutive terms as president of Ethiopia since 2001, stepped down in 2013 and was succeeded by former President Mulatu Teshome, who resigned in Oct. this year.

The east African nation on Oct. 25 had elected its first female President Sahle-Work Zewde following the resignation of Teshome.

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