Mulatu Teshome

former President of Ethiopia

Mulatu Teshome Wirtu (born 1957[2]) is an Ethiopian politician and was President of Ethiopia from 2013 to 2018.

Mulatu Teshome
4th President of Ethiopia
In office
October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07) – October 25, 2018
Prime MinisterHailemariam Desalegn
Abiy Ahmed
Preceded byGirma Wolde-Giorgis
Succeeded bySahle-Work Zewde
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
In office
October 17, 2001 (2001-10-17) – July 1, 2003 (2003-07-01)
Prime MinisterMeles Zenawi
Preceded byMengistu Hulluka
Succeeded byAddisu Legesse
Personal details
Mulatu Teshome Wirtu

1957 (age 66–67)[1]
Arjo, Ethiopia
Political partyOromo Peoples' Democratic Organization
Alma materPeking University



Mulatu Teshome was born in 1955 or 1956, in Arjo, Ethiopia.[3]

He went to school in China at Peking University where he received a bachelor's degree in philosophy of political economy and doctorate in international law.[3]

He served as the Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Cooperation under Girma Birru, and was the Minister of Agriculture in 2001. He also served as the Speaker of the House of Federation from 2002 to 2005 and was Ethiopia's Ambassador to China, Japan, and Turkey.[1][3]

He was elected as President of Ethiopia by a unanimous parliamentary vote on 7 October 2013.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Ethiopia parliament elects Mulatu Teshome as new president". Rappler. Archived from the original on 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2013-11-18.
  2. "Dr Mulatu Teshome Ethiopian Biography". Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Ethiopia Elects New President". Xinhua. Archived from the original on 2017-02-07. Retrieved 2013-11-18.