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  • Tesfaye Dinka Yadessa was Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Born in Ambo, Tesfaye is an ethnic Oromo. He did his elementary education in Ambo, and then attended the General Wingate Secondary School in Addis Ababa. He has a BA from the American University of Beirut, and an MBA and MSc from Syracuse University. He was a leading member of the regime of Mengistu Haile Mariam and alternate member of the Politburo of the Workers' Party of Ethiopia. Prior to his appointment as Prime Minister, Tesfaye served in various ministerial posts, successively as Acting Minister of National Resources Development, Minister of Industry, Finance, and Foreign Affairs; he also served as Deputy Prime Minister of the People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. He was the member of Mengistu’s civilian high-level officials with no blood on his hand. He was a technocrat and had no say on Mengistu’s monumental decision such as the infamous collectivization program of the mid-80s which uprooted thousands peasants from the northern part of the country and resettled them in the southern and western part of Ethiopia. Wikipedia

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