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Addis Ababa residents react to Emperor Haile Selassie’s new statue at the African Union HQ

A statue of Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie has been unveiled at the headquarters of the African Union on Sunday. Emperor Haile Selassie I served as King of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. The Emperor is among the key African leaders who founded the Organisation of African Unity, which later became the African Union and has been the symbol of Pan Africanism. The idea to put the statue of Emperor Haile Selassie I was promoted by Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo. During the annual African Union Summit, the leaders unveiled the statue of Emperor Haile Selassie in recognition of his role for founding OAU. Chairperson of African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame who is also outgoing chairperson of African Union (AU) unveiled the historic statue, the first in Ethiopia since the Emperor was mysteriously killed at the age of 83 in 1975 when the military junta Derg overthrew the imperial dynasty. Mereja TV interviewed Addis Ababa’s residents on their thought about the statue of the late emperor.