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Tesfaye Dinka

Politician

Tesfaye Dinka Yadessa was Minister of Foreign Affairs (1989–1991), and acting Prime Minister (26 April - 6 June 1991) of Ethiopia. Born in Ambo, Tesfaye is an ethnic Oromo. He attended high school in Ambo. 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 Minister of Agriculture, Finance, Industry; he also served as Deputy Prime Minister of the People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia from 10 September 1987.He was the member of Mengistu’s civilian inner circle with no blood on his hand. He was a technocrat and has 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. Tesfaye Dinka is considered by many to have been a moderate and calm member of the Mengistu regime, and part of the faction of government officials who advised Mengistu to negotiate with the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF) and the Tigray  ( Wikipedia article )

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