Coupe Ethiopia 1991
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
May 29, 1991
Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) fighters and tanks guard the entrance to the government palace after ousting the government and military 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 Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (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..