Currently alive, at 79 years of age.
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1937 – Born in Kefa province, Ethiopia.
1974 – In June, Mengistu was made chairman of the Armed Forces Coordinating Committee.
– On the 23rd of November, Mengistu ordered the assassination of the PMAC’s moderate chairman and urged the killing of 60 aristocrats and former officials of the old imperial regime.
1977 – In February, Mengistu, now a lieutenant colonel, survived a battle between his supporters and those of rivals on the PMAC.
1984 – As undisputed ruler of the country, he oversaw the establishment of the Workers’ Party of Ethiopia.
1986 – The drafting of a constitution for Ethiopia.
1987 – The election by a new national legislature of himself as president in September.
1991 – In May, he summarily resigned his post and fled to Zimbabwe. Successor Ethiopian regimes unsuccessfully lobbied the Zimbabwean government for Mengistu’s extradition on charges of genocide.