Zauditu

Zauditu

 

Born 1876; died November 1930. Empress of Ethiopia from 1916 to 1930.

Zauditu was enthroned as a result of a palace revolution. Around her were grouped the reactionary circles that were fighting the progressive elements led by Ras Tafari Makonnen (the future Haile Selassie I). In 1928, as a result of the victory of the “Young Ethiopians,” Zauditu lost most of her royal powers, although she remained on the throne.

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Among recent scholars who have investigated belief systems and their implications to the modern society are Moore-Thomas (2008); Matshali (2009); Webb (2012); Naipaul (2010); Zauditu (2007); Ogungbile (2002), Murray (2008); Koepping (2007); Sabar (2010); Wiegink (2013); Jenkins (2011); Oladipupo (2010); Chabal (2009); Hugo and Wiegink (2011); de Boek (2007) and Ranger (2006).
The coronation on 2 November 1930 of Haile Selassie, who had already been the "strong man" (de facto ruler) of Ethiopia (as "regent" and proclaimed "heir apparent") during the reign of his predecessor, Empress Zauditu, was viewed as a political landmark.
As a result he was deposed in 1916 and Menelik's daughter, Zauditu, was proclaimed Empress with Ras Tafari as Regent.
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