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Ras Mekonnen would've easily found himself higher up the influence list had he not died too early. Emperor Menelik strongly favored him for the succession but he died even before Menelik. He was born into a well connected family. His father was a Shewa Oromo aristocrat with a rank of Dejazmach who changed his name to Wolde-Mikael after he was baptized. ...more--->http://www.ethiopianreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=46194=264695

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