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Meles Zenawi and Birtukan Mideksa will now face off for Person of The Year
Vote Person Of The Year Result
* Meles Zenawi: 36% (386)
* Birtukan Mideksa: 22% (235)
* Al Mariam: 16% (166)
* Mohamed Al-Amoudi: 9% (100)
* Haile Gebreselassie: 4% (41)
* Bulcha Demeksa: 3% (37)
* Abebech Gobena: 3% (36)
* Ethio Coffee Farmers: 3% (31)
* Meseret Defar: 3% (28)
Total Votes : 1060
More than 940 votes were casted to select the "Person of The Year Ethiopia" in the first round, and P.M. Meles Zenawi won with 26% of the votes. Prof. Al Mariam was second with 19% of the votes and Birukan Mideksa third with 17% of the votes. You can see full results here.
The top three from the first round are included in this final vote and we have added more names suggested by you, including the Ethiopian Coffee Farmers. So let the votes begin, thank you everyone for your participation and feedbacks.
The names are listed in alphabetical order by last names.
Profiles are included where available, most profile sources are from the Free encyclopedia, wikipedia.
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Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi
Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Ali Al Amoudi (Ge'ez: ሞሓመድ አልአሙዲ, Arabic: محمد حسين العمودي; born 1946 in Dessie, Ethiopia but grew up in Weldiya). is a Saudi Arabian /Ethiopian business magnate who lives in Ethiopia and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In 2006 his net worth was estimated as between $2.5 and $6.9 billion, causing Arabian Business to rank him as the world's 8th richest Arab, and Forbes to rank him as the world's 77th richest person. Al Amoudi's father is Yemeni and his mother is Ethiopian. He immigrated to Saudi Arabia in 1965 and became a Saudi citizen. Depending on disparate ethnic categorizations, and Al Amoudi's mixed Ethiopian and Yemeni parentage, he is considered to be the richest black person in the world and/or one of the richest Arab.
Al Amoudi made his fortune in construction and real estate before branching out to buy oil refineries in Sweden and Morocco. He is said to be the largest foreign investor in both Sweden and Ethiopia. He holds an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from the Addis Ababa University and has been honoured with the Swedish Royal Order of the Polar Star by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
Meseret Defar (born November 19, 1983 in Addis Ababa) is a female athlete from Ethiopia.
Defar is currently the world's top-ranked female athlete in IAAF standings.
She won gold in the women's 5000 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens with a time of 14:45.65.
She won a silver medal at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, losing only to Tirunesh Dibaba.
In 2006 she won the World Indoor Championships over 3000 metres, defending her title from the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships.
Bulcha Demeksa is Chairman of The Oromo Federalist Democratic Movement parity and a member of Parliament.
Ethiopian Coffee Farmers
In a public show of solidarity, coffee farmers from around Ethiopia traveled to their capital city this December to demand that Starbucks recognize their country's ownership of its coffee names.
Haile Gebrselassie (Ge'ez: ኃይሌ ገብረ ሥላሴ, haylē gebre silassē; born April 18, 1973) is an Ethiopian long distance track and road running athlete. Known for his remarkable versatility, Gebrselassie achieved major competition wins at distances between 1500 metres and marathon, moving from outdoor, indoor and cross country running to road running in the latter part of his career. He has broken 25 world records and won numerous Olympic and World Championship titles, and is widely considered one of the greatest distance runners in history.
W/ro Abebech Gobena
W/ro Abebech Gobena a prominent humanitarian lady was born in 1938 in the then Shoa province, Selale Awraja in small rural village called Shebel. Her father was killed during Ethio - Italian war and she was brought up by her grandparent until nine. She was married at the age of ten in traditional marriage system without her consent which mad her unhappy with the marriage. She left to Addis Ababa where she scraped basic education and latter gained a job as quality controller in a company.
Eventually she remarried and was living a fairly typical life. In 1980, she went to Gishen Mariam (The Holy Church in Wollo) for pilgrimage where the area was stricken by drought which caused catastrophic famine. The situation in the area, especially a scenario of a baby girl sucking her dead mother’s breast, shocked Abebech and made her to engage in life time benevolent humanitarian tasks.
W/ro Abebech Gobena, despite her remarkable achievements in the last two & half decades, believes that a lot has to be done on poverty reduction and she is ready to devote all her energy and time for the expansion of the present organization, so that it could be able to serve the orphans, needy children and marginalized segments of the population. SERVING THE COMMUNITY is her life philosophy and because of her devotion and determination to care for others some call her Africa’s Mother Teresa
Professor Al Mariam
Al Mariam is a professor in the department of political science at California State University, San Bernardino. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1984, and J.D. from the University of Maryland in 1988. His teaching areas include American constitutional and civil rights law, American legislative and judicial process and international law. Al has published two books on American constitutional law: American Constitutional Law: An Introduction to Powers and Structures (Vol. I), Ginn Press (1994), and American Constitutional Law: An Introduction to Civil Liberties and Civil Rights , Simon & Schuster (1999). Al has practiced in the areas of criminal defense, general civil litigation and immigration defense in asylum and deportation proceedings. He is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, District of Columbia Court of Appeal, United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, United States District Court for the Central District of California, United States District Court for the Southern District of California, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.
In 1997, Al argued People v. Peevy (1998) 17 Cal.4th 1184, 953 P2d 1212 (Cal.), cert. denied 525 U.S. 1042, in the California Supreme Court.
First Vice Chair, Coalition for Democracy and Unity Party, Ethiopia and judge.
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
Meles Zenawi (Ge'ez መለስ ዜናዊ meles zēnāwī, b. May 8, 1955, Adwa) is an Ethiopian politician, and the Prime Minister of the country since August, 1995.
Meles Zenawi was born in Adwa, Tigray in Northern Ethiopia, to a Tigrayan father and Eritrean mother from Adi Quala. He received elementary education at the Queen of Sheba School and completed secondary school in 1972 at the General Wingate School in Addis Ababa. He joined the Medical Faculty at the Addis Ababa University (formerly known as Haile Selassie University) where he studied for two years before interrupting his studies in 1974 to join the Tigrayan Peoples' Liberation Front (TPLF).
Prime Minister Meles acquired an MBA (Master of Business Administration) from the Open University of the United Kingdom in 1995 and a MSc. (Masters of Science) in Economics from the Erasmus University of the Netherlands in 2004. Some University professors and renowned college administrators stated that Meles Zenawi was a very smart and gifted student. At a public Speech in George Washington University, vice chancellor of Open University said, "President Meles Zenawi was a brilliant student who achieved distinctions on every course he took."
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