ADDIS ABABA – Sultan Hanfare Alimirah, Afar people’s spiritual leader, was laid to rest in Hadele Gera, Asaita town, according to the communication bureau of Afar Regional State.
Sultan Alimirah, 74, passed away on Saturday night while receiving medical treatment for an unspecified illness.
Government officials and mourners from all walks of life have attended Today’s memorial service and paid their last respects to the sultan.
In attendance were senior federal government officials including the speaker of the house Tagesse Chafo and presidents of regional states as well as Prime Minister of Djibouti Abdulkadir Kamil,
Sultan Hanfare Alimirah who was crowned as a Spiritual Leader of Afar People in 2011 succeeding his father had been a president of Afar Regional State for years after 1995.
He has also been serving as Ethiopia’s top diplomat Qatar until his final day.
Sultan Alimirah is survived by two sons and five daughters.