Emperor Haile Selassie
- Category : Notable-Famous-Royal-family
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Split - Small (12,30,35,55)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Laws 2
Ethiopian emperor, one of the last of the absolute monarchs, who gave Ethiopia a democratic constitution in 1955. Attacked by Fascist Italy in 1935, he escaped to exile in England, 1941, until British forces liberated Ethiopia during WW II and restored him to the throne.
Haile Selassie assumed the throne in 1930 and forged a modern state out of an ancient land of feuding chieftains. During a reign of peace and prosperity, modern education was introduced in the oldest independent state in Africa. In the 1974 revolution, he was deposed by the regime of Col. Mengistu Haile Mariam who was accused by the emperor's personal servants of killing the emperor. Since then, Ethiopia has suffered greatly with a cataclysmic famine 1984-85 and the ousting of Menigistu in 1991.
It was not until 11/05/2000 that Haile Selassie was placed in a waiting crypt appropriate to his honor in an ornate ceremony, 17 years after he had died under house arrest.
Haile Selassie died on 8/27/1975, possibly from a prostate condition though the Haile Selassie I Foundation claims that he was assassinated.