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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi dies


August 21, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has died at the age of 57, state TV announced on Tuesday, ending months of speculations about his worsening health condition.

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A picture taken on July 1, 2007 shows Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi and his wife arriving at the international conference centre in Accra before the opening of the African Union summit (GETTY)

The Ethiopian prime minister has been absent from the public eye for over two months. He died at around 11.45 pm local time on Monday.

Zenawi has been sick for the last four months and was receiving medical treatment for two months in Europe for his undisclosed illness.

He was said to be recovering in the last two weeks and was expected to be back in office before the Ethiopian new-year on September 11.

However, his illness became worse in the past few days, leading to his death.

Sudan Tribune has learned that deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister Hailemariam Desalegn will be the acting PM temporarily.


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  • 21 August 2012 07:48, by Kurnyeil The Junior

    Who give a damn about murderer,

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    • 21 August 2012 08:11, by Dinkawarrior

      We lost the great son and great leader of Africa Meles Zenawi!
      We missed you and we shall met again in Paradise! May God Almighty forgive you and take you in peace!
      My condolences to his family, relatives, and to the rest of the Ethiopian people, may the Lord Jesus Christ raise his soul in Peace. Amen!
      SPLA/A was born in Ethiopian and South Sudan is one of it products! We will never forget you!

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    • 21 August 2012 10:46, by jjb south

      you are real son of bitch how dare you call a dignified president like Males a murderer? compare him to the goons you have in Khartoum "Humar Al Bashit" the impotent man in Africa.
      Males is an African hero,has children & remarkable things he did not genocide.

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    • 21 August 2012 12:18, by panchol

      don’t sing a song when people are morning about the death of Great powerful African leader, and you said to be the real Africans; that death and sing a song is not in the cultures of Africa.
      May Almighty rest the soul of our great son of Africa Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

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    • 21 August 2012 13:08, by Mike Mike

      My deepest condolence to the family of PM Meles Zenawi for his unexpected timely death.May our Almighty God rest his soul at eternal life and i wish for next president who will be replacing him be a peace loving man like Meles.Many peace agreement were negotiated in Ethiopea and it is through meles’s effort.

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    • 21 August 2012 19:26, by sudani ana

      Our most sincere condolences to his family and the people of Ethiopia. To all people on ST whether you liked him or loathed him please do not speak I’ll of the dead. He is in the hands of his maker now and it’s only he who will judge him.

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      • 21 August 2012 19:53, by homeboy

        Sudani Ana,respect wise mature words..hat up.

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  • 21 August 2012 07:55, by Robot

    may God rest you in peace Meles Amen... this is a big blow to Ethiopia and Africa especially South Sudan in particular.

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    • 21 August 2012 08:12, by Ruach

      Tekalay Minister mutwal neber,gin ye Ethiopian gov’t did want to reveal the truth.May almighty God and Jesus Christ rest his soul in peace!!He is a great Hero to Ethiopia and to Africa at large.We will miss u PM Meles Zenawi!!Long live Ethiopia and South Sudan!!

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  • 21 August 2012 08:00, by CHUOLJBOL

    WOW !WOW! These are sad news to all African communities Zenawi was contributed a lot for peace development between Eriteria and Ethiopia. since God take his life,let him rest with internal peace...........

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    • 21 August 2012 09:32, by Ruach

      Who will replace him?Seyoum Mesfin?Bereket Simon?Omot Obong,lol?Dr Beyene?Dr Behran Nega?

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      • 21 August 2012 11:31, by Kurnyeil The Junior

        Shut your ass up, are you fake Ethiopian or what? Who told you that those you fucken Mention will be leaders? Death to you mfucker, idiot Dinka called Ruach

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        • 21 August 2012 13:36, by panchol

          Kurnyiel the Junior,
          you mother fucker of NCP,you always comment as an adopted child.Shut up! the days for your NCP Party,Leave Late President of Ethiopia. it is just a natural death my friend, but your father Basir Lech will go to hell with you.Please let me marry your sister so that you come for political asylum to South Sudan.

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    • 22 August 2012 00:40, by panom lualbil

      Yes indeed, Mr. Zenawi was the ONLY man in our border, who committed to bring PEACE into SSudan, by expelling rebels from naath who tried to make Ethiopia a home for hiding, when defeated by Spla DURING looting of civilians. It’s that their lives since NYANMACHAR initiated tribalism against Dinka. They are only ppl whom NGUNDENG [SATAN] sworn in to be survive depending on other tribes’ living hood

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    • 22 August 2012 04:16, by panom lualbil

      It’s always good people are simply miss than slave such as NYIRIAK NYANMACHAR who cann’t wait when there is shortage of nyamnyam. She is now living vissionless of all, but
      she wont care of pride unless she have nothing in
      stomach. May God save Mr. Zenawi soul, Amen!

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      • 22 August 2012 18:47, by Ruach

        Please while dog called panomlielbil!Stop your useless comments all times.Mother fucken

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  • 21 August 2012 08:25, by Joseph Canada

    So sad we lost such a leader who can stand against Terorism and corruptions in the Horn of Africa.
    The last time I saw this guy in Person was during the CPA signing in Nairobi. God rest his soul Amen.

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  • 21 August 2012 08:43, by Majongdit

    Sad news! My condolences to his family and all the Ethiopian people. 3 presidents died in office in a row for Malawi, Ghana and now for Ethiopia. But most brutal dictators stay alive the Assads, Beshirs, Mugabes etc etc. Death sometimes could just be so unjust!

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    • 21 August 2012 09:04, by Robot

      Very true, this is so disheartening maybe the dinka proverb that says " wrong doers don’t die easily".. "raan ci anei kuet ace lac thou".

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      • 21 August 2012 11:00, by Majongdit

        Robot, that proverb fits the situation in Africa. Thanks

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    • 21 August 2012 09:04, by Dumodit

      Sad News to all of us Africans. Why some of our presidents are died of diseases like John Attanel from Ghana & Omar of Nigeria? This requires African Doctors to establish health center for government officials that would help combat deadly diseases in the continent. My condolence goes to all Ethiopians who have lost their strong leader! May God comfort his family and rest his soul for eternity!!

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  • 21 August 2012 08:46, by Luke

    Very sad news to the whole world that a great leader like Meles could die like that. Ehtiopia was chosen to be the HQ of the African Union because of its good leadership under Meles and the social aspect of its people and may Almighty God rest his soul in internal peace yet Ethiopia people will continue with the same spirit as we South Sudanese are following the footstep of the lateDr. John Garang

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  • 21 August 2012 10:42, by Joseph

    Bye Bye Zenawi, we appreciated your support to South Sudan. You are strong and wise man. I hope another strong man who shall love South Sudan come and the relation continue.

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  • 21 August 2012 10:54, by jjb south

    condolence to great Ethiopia in whole, we have lost a great of our era in the African continent.
    may Almighty God rest his soul in eternal peace,protect his children & legacy,Amen.
    Republic of South Sudan appreciate you contribution to peace in the region.

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  • 21 August 2012 13:46, by Kodi Wilson

    We have lost a great leader in Africa who always host peace talks for African bretheren .
    I convey my condolence to Ethiopians.
    In our heart we remember him, in God’s hand he live forever!

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  • 21 August 2012 15:29, by Asmera

    We lost our charismatic leader- but we are proud of what he has been doing! we continue the journey together!!
    May God help his family!
    Yes, death is natural what matters is our foot print on this world

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  • 21 August 2012 17:27, by Wolleyewu

    Sudanes do not get wrong no body mourns in Ethiopia. This guy born from his Eriterian and Tigrian family he has no a drop of Ethiopian blood. Let him rest in hell for ever. There are a number of murderers to go to hell the same way he did or through fair trail in Ethiopia by the following regime after TPLF. I wish Death to all murdere of officials of the regime.

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  • 21 August 2012 17:37, by Johnpop5

    May the soul of beloved Meles Zanawi rest in peace for all his vision has remain with the great Nation of Ethiopia.May almighty father protect his family and control them knowing that the all world is with them today for Zanawi was an African Leader not Ethiopia alone.that he achieve a great responsibilities on a peace deal of both Sudan and South Sudan that brought freedom in the South.

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  • 21 August 2012 19:42, by sudani ana

    My most sincere condolences to his family and people of Ethiopia. Like him or loath him one should not speak ill of the dead. He is in the hands of his maker now and only he will judge him.

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  • 22 August 2012 11:15, by thok chuni yok

    sorry for daily news in Africa in genera.

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