Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi died 20 August 2912 after being treated abroad for the last few weeks, the Council of Ministers announced. The Council said PM Meles was visionary leader for the Ethiopia and steadfastly worked for the renaissance of Africa. PM Meles has been representing his country and Africa at international forums to consolidate peace and stability. The Council decided Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hailemariam Dessalegn to be in charge of acting Prime Minster of the country.
On 21 July 2012 It was disclosed that the Chair person of the EPRDF Ato Meles Zenawi had recovered from health problem he faced after he had received medical aid. A member of the executive committee of the EPRDF and Minister- Head of the Office of Government Communication Affairs, Ato Bereket Simon who disclosed that the Chairperson of our organization has faced health problem for he has been engaged in serious duties for long without break, indicated that he has been on a sick leave after he had received necessary medical treatment. Ato Bereket has also said that Ato Meles will resume his organizational and governmental duties shortly and urged the entire members and supporters of the EPRDF to discharge their duties in a calm spirit.
Zenawi was born on 8 May 1955 at Adwa in northern Ethiopia. He got a scholarship to prestigious General Wingate School (Addis Ababa) in 1968. He received elementary education at the Queen of Sheba Junior Secondary School and completed High School in 1972 at General Wingate School in Addis Ababa. He then joined the Medical Faculty of Addis Ababa University where he studied for two years.
Meles interrupted his studies in 1974 to join the Tigrai Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF). He was elected to the Leadership of the Leadership Committee of the TPLF in 1979 and to its Executive Committee in 1983. He is chairman of both the TPLF and the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) since 1989. EPRDF is a political alliance of the four main political organisations in the country.
Upon the defeat of the military junta, Meles became president of the Transitional Government of Ethiopia and Chairman of the Council of Representatives (the legislative body of the transitional government) from 1991 to 1995. He was elected Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in 1995 and re-elected for a second term in 2000.
He served as chairman of the Organisation of the African Union from June 1995 until June 1996. He is serving as co-chairman of the Global Coalition for Africa. He has also been actively involved in IGAD's efforts to end the conflicts in Sudan and Somalia, and Africa initiatives to seek a solution to the crises in Burundi. In 2004, he was appointed by UK Prime Minister Tony Blair as one of the Commissioners taking part in the Commission for Africa. Meles acquired a First Class M.A. in Business Administration from the Open University of the United Kingdom in 1995 and an MSc. in Economics from the Erasmus University of the Netherlands in 2004. The Prime Minister was married and father of three. His hobbies were reading, swimming and tennis. He graduated with an MBA from the Open University in 1995, with 14 other senior members of government.
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