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Vol 53 No 17

Published 24th August 2012


Ethiopia

After Meles

The Premier’s death removes one of Africa’s most prominent leaders and will test the unity of the country and the ruling party

The death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on 20 August has triggered a constitutional succession mechanism which he personally designed, having led the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front for 21 years. His chosen successor, Hailemariam Desalegn, takes over in the first non-violent transition in Ethiopia’s modern history. Hailemariam was Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Deputy Chairman of the EPRDF.

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