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Alem Zewde Tessema

Alem Zewde Tessema (died 1974) was an Ethiopian military figure. He was a colonel of the Airborne Corps, Fourth Division.[1] He was active at the beginning of the Ethiopian Revolution, helping to create the "Coordinating Committee of the Armed Forces", which originally was intended to support Prime Minister Aklilu Habte-Wold but came under the control of Majors Atnafu Abate, Sisay Hapte, and Tafara Teklaeb,[2] who turned it into the group later known as the Derg.

On 22 June 1974 he lost control of his own paratrooper battalion after its defeat at Debre Zeyit with radicals, and was forced to flee to Gojjam, where he subsequently died.[3]


  1. ^ Edmond J. Keller, Revolutionary Ethiopia: From Empire to People's Republic (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991), p. 182
  2. ^ Rene Lefort, Ethiopia: An Heretical Revolution? translated by A.M. Berrett (London: Zed Press, 1983), p. 61
  3. ^ Keller, Revolutionary Ethiopia, p. 183
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