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Mikael Imru (November 1929 - 27 October 2008) was Prime Minister of Ethiopia from 3 August to 12 September 1974.

Born in Addis Ababa, Mikael Imru is the only son of Ras Imru Haile Selassie and Tsige Mariam; he has seven sisters. He studied at Oxford University and subsequently returned to Ethiopia. Mikael served as deputy Secretary of Agriculture between 1958 and 1959. Subsequently, he became a diplomat and was first posted to Washington, D.C. (1959-1961), then to Moscow (1961-1965). For a few months between these diplomatic posts Mikael served as Foreign Minister. From 1965 to 1968 he worked in Geneva for UNCTAD. After first becoming in 1974 Minister of Trade and Industry, Mikael Imru was appointed Prime Minister, succeeding Endelkachew Makonnen. After the deposition of his distant cousin Emperor Haile Selassie, the Derg removed Mikael Imru from office on 12 September. Nevertheless, he served into the following year as Minister of Information.

Since then he became specialist for rural development and worked at the World Bank. Mikael Imru has also actively lobbied the Italian government for the return of art objects stolen from Ethiopia during their occupation of that country.


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