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Mulatu Teshome
ሙላቱ ተሾመ
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Teshome in 2018
President of Ethiopia
In office
7 October 2013 – 25 October 2018
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
Abiy Ahmed Ali
Preceded by Girma Wolde-Giorgis
Succeeded by Sahle-Work Zewde
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
In office
17 October 2001 – 1 July 2003
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
Preceded by Mengistu Hulluka
Succeeded by Addisu Legesse
Personal details
Born 1957 (age 64–65)
Arjo, East Welega, Ethiopian Empire
Political party Oromo Peoples' Democratic Organization
Other political
Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front
Spouse(s) Meaza Abraham
Alma mater Peking University
Beijing Language and Culture University
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Mulatu Teshome Wirtu (Oromo: Mulaatuu Tashoome Wirtuu; Amharic: ሙላቱ ተሾመ ውርቱ; born 1957) is an Ethiopian politician who was the president of Ethiopia from 2013 to 2018.


Mulatu was born in the town of Arjo in Welega Province. He was educated in China, receiving his bachelor's degree in philosophy of political economy and doctorate in international law at Peking University. He received his Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1990. He taught at some "foreign universities and institutions", according to Speaker Abadula Gemeda.

In the mid-1990s he was Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Cooperation under Minister Girma Birru, and he was appointed as Minister of Agriculture in 2001. He was also Speaker of the House of Federation from 2002 to 2005. He served as Ethiopia's Ambassador to China, Japan, Turkey, and Azerbaijan.

While serving as Ambassador to Turkey, he was elected as President of Ethiopia by a unanimous parliamentary vote on 7 October 2013. Girma Seifu of the Unity for Democracy and Justice, the sole opposition member of parliament, welcomed his election. Like his predecessors Girma Wolde-Giorgis and Negasso Gidada, he is Oromo.

Mulatu has one son.

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