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Ethiopia's Meles Zenawi died after mysterious sudden infection

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by Joseph Earnest  August 21, 2012                   


Newscast Media ADDIS, ABABA—Ethiopia's strongman Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has been pronounced dead according to state media.  Meles has been absent from the public eye for the last month and a half, and there has been speculation that he passed away a month ago, but the announcement has just been made after buying time to appoint a successor.


The BBC reports: "Prime Minister Meles Zenawi passed away yesterday [Monday] evening at around midnight," government spokesman Bereket Simon said, adding that he was "abroad" when he died, according to AFP news agency.

"He had been recuperating well, but suddenly something happened and he had to be rushed to the ICU [intensive care unit] and they couldn't keep him alive."

According to Ethiopian Satellite Radio and Television (ESAT), Meles Zenawi passed away from an unspecified ailment in a Brussels hospital about a month ago. (pop-up)  Citing western diplomatic sources for its claims, the Amsterdam-based news agency said the 57-year-old dictator's death is being covered up by the regime to buy time for a successor.

The Committe to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported on July 23, that Ethiopian authorities blocked the publication of a prominent independent newspaper in connection with its stories on the health of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who is also Ethiopia's foreign minister, will be acting head of government, state television said. Add Comments>>










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