Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian Leader, Dies at 57

(Aug 21, 2012, Addis Ababa)--Ethiopian news Agency  has announced the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, a key but controversial figure in African politics. It said the 57-year-old died from a "sudden infection" at an unnamed hospital abroad.

Speculation that Meles Zenawi was seriously ill had grown after he failed to attend an African Union summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, the headquarters of the bloc, last month. Ethiopian diplomats had said variously that he was being treated in Belgium or Germany.

State media said Meles passed away on Monday night. It named deputy premier Hailemariam Desalegn as acting prime minister of the predominantly Christian nation of 84 million. "Prime Minister Zenawi suddenly passed away last night," said state television while broadcast solemn music. It said details of his funeral would be announced soon.
Source: ETV

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