Emperor Iyasu (1913 – 1921)

Posted: May 28, 2016 in Ethiopia - the Secret of Africa
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Menelik died a natural death in 1913 and Iyasu, his grandson, took over his reign. He proved to be very much a 20th century man, continuing with Menelik’s reforms. He was very tolerant towards other religions and allowed for both mosques and churches to be built. Iyasu and his counsellors attempted to push through some big reforms, but found the church and nobility on their path. Finally, when he had also upset the allied powers in dealing with Germany and Austria (who the allied powers fought the First World War with), a reason for his removal was found.

Menelik’s daughter Zewditu was proclaimed empress and Ras Tafari was proclaimed her regent.


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