Girma Wolde-Giorgis, who served as President of the FDRE for two terms from 2001 to 2013 has passed away. Girma was born in the capital Addis Ababa on 28 December 1924. He entered Teferri Mekonen School and received modern education until the Italian occupation. Mr. Girma was a former soldier of both the Derg and the FDRE government. In recent years Girma had been active in efforts to foster reconciliation between former foes Ethiopia and Eritrea who declared an end to two decades of hostility in July. He was a fluent speaker in Ethiopia’s working language Amharic, his native language Afan Oromo as well as Tigrigna, English, Italian and French. His wife also passed away a year ago. He is survived by his five children.