Emperor Haile Selassie (1921 – 1930 – 1974)

Posted: May 28, 2016 in Ethiopia - the Secret of Africa
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Ras Tafari – later crowned emperor Haile Selassie – had more experience and maturity than Iyasu, particularly in the field of foreign affairs. It was because of his efforts that Ethiopia was granted entry into the League of Nations. Membership firmly placed Ethiopia on the international political map. Ras Tafari showed himself to be an advocate of reform: a modern printing press, an air force and a number of secondary schools were established.

He was also – one by one – silencing his rivals and when the sick empress also died, Ras Tafari took the throne. The coronation was an extravagant spectacle, attended by representatives from around the world: a wonderful public relations exercise.

In 1931, the country’s first written constitution was introduced, which granted the emperor absolute power and his body was declared sacred. The House of Parliament however, consisted entirely of nobles, nominated by the emperor, and of other landholders – not exactly a representation of the country’s population.

The emperor had brought the country under centralized rule.


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