Mulatu Teshome

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Mulatu Teshome
ሙላቱ ተሾመ
Mulatu Teshome in Warsaw - 2018 (40792938585) (cropped).jpg
Teshome in 2018
4th President of Ethiopia
Assumed office
7 October 2013
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
Abiy Ahmed Ali
Preceded by Girma Wolde-Giorgis
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
In office
17 October 2001 – 1 July 2003
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
Preceded by Mengistu Hulluka
Succeeded by Addisu Legesse
Personal details
Born (1955-01-01) 1 January 1955 (age 63)
Arjo, Ethiopian Empire
Political party Oromo Peoples' Democratic Organization
Other political
Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front
Spouse(s) Meaza Abraham[1]
Alma mater Peking University
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Mulatu Teshome Wirtu (Ge'ez: ሙላቱ ተሾመ, born 1 January 1955)[2] is an Ethiopian politician who has been President of Ethiopia since 7 October 2013.[2][3]


Mulatu was born in the town of Arjo in Welega Province.[4] He was educated in China, receiving his bachelor's degree in philosophy of political economy and doctorate in international law at Peking University.[4] He received his Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1990. He taught at some "foreign universities and institutions", according to Speaker Abadula Gemeda.

In the mid-1990s he was Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Cooperation under Minister Girma Birru, and he was appointed as Minister of Agriculture in 2001.[5] He was also Speaker of the House of Federation from 2002 to 2005.[5] He served as Ethiopia's Ambassador to China, Japan, Turkey,[2][3][6] and Azerbaijan.[7]

While serving as Ambassador to Turkey, he was elected as President of Ethiopia by a unanimous parliamentary vote[3] on 7 October 2013. Girma Seifu of the Unity for Democracy and Justice, the sole opposition member of parliament, welcomed his election.[3] Like his predecessors Girma Wolde-Giorgis and Negasso Gidada, he is Oromo.[2][8]

Mulatu has one son.[9]


  1. ^ Getty Images, President of Ethiopia, Mulatu Teshome
  2. ^ a b c d "Ethiopia parliament elects Mulatu Teshome as new president". Rappler. AFP. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Kussa, Mulugeta (7 October 2013). "Dr. Mulatu Teshome elected new President of Ethiopia". Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency. Archived from the original on 10 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Wei, Wang (7 October 2013). "Ethiopia Elects New President". Xinhua. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Ethiopia: Fine Line". Addis Fortune. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sezer meets Ethiopian ambassador". Hurriyet Daily News. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ilham Aliyev accepted the credentials of the Ambassador of Ethiopia to Azerbaijan, Mr. Mulatu Teshome". Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ethiopia Elects Dr. Mulatu Teshome as president". Awramba Times. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Teklu, Dagnachew (7 October 2013). "Mulatu Teshome Elected As Ethiopia's New President". Tadias. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Girma Wolde-Giorgis
President of Ethiopia