Ethopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Dead At 57 After Illness

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has died, Ethiopian state television said on Tuesday.
Meles had not been seen in several weeks. The government said in July that he was taking a break to recover from an unspecified condition.
State television said Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn will be acting prime minister.
Rumors that Meles is seriously ill have been rife since the former guerrilla leader, in power since ousting Mengistu Haile Mariam’s military junta in 1991, failed to attend an African Union summit in Addis Ababa last month.
Mäläs Zenawi Äsräs (8 May 1955 – 21 August 2012) was the Prime Minister of Ethiopia from 1995 until his death on 21 August 2012.
He was President of Ethiopia from 1991 to 1995. Since 1985, he was the chairman of the Tigrayan Peoples’ Liberation Front (TPLF), and the head of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

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