Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi Dies after Illness

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has died aged 57 in a hospital in Brussels, Belgium.

Mr. Zenawi had not been seen in public for weeks and speculation about his health mounted when he missed a summit in Addis Ababa last month.

Meles Zenawi’s death will have repercussions far beyond his country.

He was undeniably central to everything in Ethiopia – the good and the bad, the economic growth and development, as well as the repressive climate denounced by opposition politicians and journalists.

Now the attention will switch to whether Mr Meles built a strong enough system to outlast him.

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