1989 Ethiopian coup d'état attempt

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1989 Ethiopian coup d'état attempt
Location Ethiopia AU Africa.svg
Date16 May 1989
Location
9°1′48″N 38°44′24″E / 9.03000°N 38.74000°E / 9.03000; 38.74000Coordinates: 9°1′48″N 38°44′24″E / 9.03000°N 38.74000°E / 9.03000; 38.74000
Result

Coup attempt fails.

Belligerents
Government Military faction
Commanders and leaders
Mengistu Haile Mariam Demessie Bulto

The 1989 Ethiopian coup d'état attempt took place on May 16, 1989,[1][2] while President of the People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (PDRE) Mengistu Haile Mariam was out of the country for a four-day state visit to the German Democratic Republic (GDR/DDR, East Germany).

The coup attempt was staged by senior military officers, led by the 2nd Army Commander, Demessie Bulto; the Minister of Defense, Haile Giyorgis Habte Mariam, was killed after refusing to join the revolt. Mengistu returned within 24 hours and nine generals, including Demessie, the Air Force Commander and the Army Chief of Staff, died as the coup was crushed.[3][4] 12 more high-ranking military officers were executed in 1990 for their role in the coup attempt.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ethiopia Coup Attempt Reported; Authorities Say Revolt Is Crushed". The New York Times. 17 May 1989. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Coup in Ethiopia Seems to Be a Failure, Diplomats Say". The New York Times. 18 May 1989. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Ethiopia Leader Tells of Execution of Coup Figure". The New York Times. 19 May 1989. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Ethiopia Fizzled Coup". Time. 29 May 1989. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  5. ^ "WORLD: Ethiopia Executes 12 in '89 Coup". The Los Angeles Times. 22 May 1990. Retrieved 21 June 2019.