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Mengistu, Haile Mariam

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishMengistu, Haile MariamHaile Mariam MengistuMen‧gis‧tu, Hai‧le Ma‧ri‧am /meŋˈɡɪstuː, ˈhaɪli ˈmɑːriəm/  (1937–) an Ethiopian soldier who took control of the government in 1977. He was defeated in 1991 by opposing military forces after years of civil war had caused many deaths and an extreme lack of food in the country.
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