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President Mengistu Haile Mariam, rounding up 200,000 Addis Ababa residents for a rally celebrating his victory over a military revolt, said Saturday he would "let the people decide" the fate of the rebellion's leaders.

Mengistu's Marxist government was quickly consolidating its position after loyalist forces in the northern city of Asmara broke the back of the four-day uprising and killed six generals who had led the 150,000-man Northern Command into revolt, according to official broadcasts.