About 2,000 Ethiopian soldiers went to the Cabinet offices at the Grand Palace in Addis Ababa on Tuesday (August 6 1974) to ask for back pay they claim has been owing over twelve years.
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Background: About 2,000 Ethiopian soldiers went to the Cabinet offices at the Grand Palace in Addis Ababa on Tuesday (August 6 1974) to ask for back pay they claim has been owing over twelve years. The soldiers, who say their claim dates back to the Congo crisis where they fought under the United Nation's flag, waited patiently outside the Palace for a response from the new Prime Minister, Michael Imru. He later promised to consider their claim and report back to them in one week's time.
The armed forces are now in effective control of Ethiopia and hold in their custody many of Emperor Haile Selassie's close advisers, including a number of Crown Councillors. The 130 officials who are being held pending investigation on charges of maladministration and corruption also include the former Prime Minister Mr. Endalkachew Makonnen, who was removed from office last month.
Michael Imru, announced his new Cabinet appointments on Saturday (August 3) from the Jubilee Palace, in the presence of the Emperor, who had approved them. Eleven ministers from the previous Cabinet have been retained. A new draft constitution which was made public on Tuesday relegates the 82-year-old Emperor to the role of a constitutional monarch. If it is ratified by Parliament, the Emperor will be stripped of the autocratic powers he has exercised since coming to the throne in 1930.