Ethiopia: PM Stumbles As He Attempts to Fill Shoes of Meles Zenawi

[Addis Fortune] Expectations were low when the current prime minister of Ethiopia was installed into office. After the era of leadership of the late Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, came to an abrupt end, the current leader was introduced into a nightmarish job of filling in the footsteps of the former premier, who succeeded in leading an economic revolution for Ethiopia

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What if they were really set free?

THE Ben Abeba restaurant is a spiral-shaped concrete confection perched on a mountain ridge near Lalibela, an Ethiopian town known for its labyrinth of 12th-century churches hewn out of solid rock. The view is breathtaking: as the sun goes down, a spur of the Great Rift Valley stretches out seemingly miles below in subtly changing hues of green and brown, rolling away, fold after fold, as far as the eye can see. An immense lammergeyer, or bearded vulture, floats past, showing off its russet trousers.

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Ethiopia: Prime Minister Pledges Continuity, Sees Collective Leadership Return

[Addis Fortune]Following the death of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi made public, Ethiopians have been overwhelmed with activities in his memory, as his unexpected death left the nation in a grip of uncertainty. The induction to office of his successor was hoped to break a month long ambiguity over the historically violent political transition. The landmark oath Hailemariam Desalegn made on Friday, September 21, 2012, in Parliament showed the country is still under the shadow of Meles.

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Ethiopia’s prime minister: The man who tried to make dictatorship acceptable

THE death of Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s prime minister, on August 20th reveals much about the country he created. Details of his ill health remained a secret until the end. A short broadcast on state television, late by a day, informed Ethiopians that their “visionary leader” of the past 21 years was gone

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Africa: Meles’s Death – National and Regional Implications

[Chatham House]The government of Ethiopia announced late last night that Prime Minister Meles Zenawi had died, ending weeks of intense speculation over his condition and throwing the country’s leadership into the next phase of an uncertain transition. A tense atmosphere in the country, especially in the capital, Addis Ababa, has been heightened, although stability has held throughout the period of Meles’s absence from office since late June.

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