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Ethiopia - Vote for Person of The Year



  02:40:41 pm, by admin   , 1233 words  
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Ethiopia - Vote for Person of The Year

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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This poll is not scientific

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).[1][2] 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.[3] 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[4] and/or one of the richest Arab.[5]

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.

Source: Wikipedia

Meseret Defar

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.[1]

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.

Source: Wikipedia

Bulcha Demeksa

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.

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Haile Gebrselassie

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.

Source: Wikipedia

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.

Birtukan Mideksa

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.[1] 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.[148] 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."

Source: Wikipedia


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Comment from: ethiopian man [Visitor]
ethiopian man

meles is the best

12/19/07 @ 14:55
Comment from: Kolotemari [Visitor]

Meles is the least appreciated of all. Meles hands down!!!

12/19/07 @ 14:57
Comment from: baymeno [Visitor]


12/19/07 @ 15:12


12/19/07 @ 15:19
Comment from: habesh [Visitor]

it is between meseret defar, meles zenawi and bulcha demeksa.

meseret is the ethiopian icon, brave, successful and patriotic.

meles zenawi, ethiopia is today one of biggest economy in africa. ethiopia has the fastest non-oil economy in africa. also ethiopia had its first competitive elections under his leadership. meles has done some mistakes but when people have power they have both mistakes and successses.

bulcha demeksa is face of peaceful struggle for ethiopia. if he wasn’t a national hero for democracy, more violence would have destroyed east africa. he is the champion of democracy in east africa.

I CHOOSE 40% Bulcha Demeksa
35% Meles Zenawi
25% Meseret defar &#59;D

BULCHA DEMEKSA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12/19/07 @ 15:21
Comment from: etiob [Visitor]

meles deserves to win.

12/19/07 @ 15:21
Comment from: Alex [Visitor]  

I want to vote for PM Meles Zenawi who is working hard to bring democracy, tolerance,economic growth, good governace in Ethiopia. PM Meles administration has positively changed the Ethiopia’s image from what it had been during Derg regime. Now, Ethiopia is known in the world for its good things like Ethiopia’s Economy is the 9th largest Economy in africa(source world bank) and registered a growth of 10% everyear. At present, Ethiopia is known as strong and powerful country in Africa politically, military, and economically morethan ever before. We have strong military who participated in peacekeeping mission in Burundi,Kongo, Somalia, and very soon in Sudan.

12/19/07 @ 15:25
Comment from: tadias [Visitor]  


my guess is that the reason Berhanu is not here is because the poll administrators want to combine his and Birtukan’s votes and give them a bigger chance at winning. so you should actually be happy.

12/19/07 @ 15:26
Comment from: African [Visitor]

Melse is the best ethiopian, we africans are proud to have him, as a leader of Ethiopia-he is the greatest we need to be proud of him as black africans

12/19/07 @ 15:29
Comment from: visitor [Visitor]

No ethiopian can stand next toMeles of Ethiopia, he is just the best ethiopian politician, opposotion need to sort out their position.

12/19/07 @ 15:32
Comment from: sara [Visitor]

My hero Meles deserves to be named person of the year.

12/19/07 @ 15:34
Comment from: kenne [Visitor]

tamage beyene

12/19/07 @ 15:36
Comment from: Kiros [Visitor]

Meles shouldn’t be included. If we are electing Murderer’s then takeout the rest and put Mengistu, Legesse Asfaw, Shaleka Melaku…

Then we can choose who is the most murderer among the listed.

Kiros( Wedi-Mekelle)

12/19/07 @ 15:44
Comment from: Zina [Visitor]

coment from Zina.
Dull people of that backward canibal country always think about people. There will be no time for working, but excess for humilating and discussing non-sense.

12/19/07 @ 15:45
Comment from: gud [Visitor]

i choose bulcha demeksa because he is peaceful and most democratic person. he is the Gandi of ethiopia.

bulcha demeksa is going to GROUND ZERO in the woyane parliament fighting against africa’s hilter meles zenawi everyday.

Bulcha is the hero of all ethiopians without any difference.

Bulcha Demeksa for Prime Minister of Ethiopia!!!!!!!

12/19/07 @ 15:47

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