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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia<br />
June 4,1991<br />
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An Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), fighter patrols an exploding ammunition depot set alight by former government supporters.<br />
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In late May 1991 the long civil war in Ethiopia came to a climax when the alliance of four rebel groups, the EPRDF, toppled the authoritarian government of Mengistu Haile-Mariam and took control of Addis Ababa and the nation. The governing regime declared a cease-fire and fled. <br />
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In July 1991 the 24 different groups met in the capital and established a multi-party provisional government headed by Meles Zenawi, the Tigray Rebel Leader, to lead the country to its first free elections within two years.