Coupe Ethiopia 1991
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
May 29, 1991
Hundreds of bodies lay in an area near to what was once a military ammunition depot. They were killed when an ammunition was set a light by the Ethiopian Army as they fled the capital and the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) advanced to topple the government of Mengistu Haile-Mariam.
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.
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.