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Emperor names Heir to Throne!
Addis Ababa, April 14, 1973
Emperor Haile Selassie I today named
the son of Crown Prince Asfa Wossen as
direct heir to the throne after his father.  
The Emperor said this order of
succession would be set out in a special
law and promulagated in the official
gazette.

In an Easter Day message at the Jubilee
Palace to army officers, the Government,
the Cabinet, and court dignitaries, the
Emperor who is 81, first named 57
years old Crown Prince Asfa Wossen as
his direct successor.
The Prince who is 20, is a student at Oxford.  His father is in Switzerland and is
partially paralyzed after a stroke in 1972.

The Emperor said there might be some people attempting to sow discord and
disturbances by misinterpreting the provisions of the Constitution on succession
to the throne.  The provisions governing the succession must be explicitly set
forth so that the people should clearly understand them.
The Emperor said that the unity of
Ethiopia and the country's progress
depended on peace and security.  
"Disturbances and public commotion
are tantamount to opening our door to
the enemy."

"Therefore each and every Ethiopian
must direct his thought and effort along
those lines which will help to achieve
peace and security throughout the
country."

Events of the last two months had
slowed the nations economic activity.  If
that continued he said, the dire
consequences on Ethiopians "should be
clear to everyone."
HIM Emperor Haile Selassie I (c) and
Heir to the throne Crown Prince Asfa Wossen (r)
Crown Prince Zare Yacob Asfa Wossen
Heir to the Imperial Throne