Obama condoles Ethiopian PM`s death

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 11:11

Washington: US President Barack Obama Tuesday offered his condolences to Ethiopia over the death of the country`s Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, and hailed his contribution to the east African country.

The 57-year-old Ethiopian leader died Monday night following a sudden infection while recovering in a hospital abroad, Ethiopian state TV reported Tuesday. He had not appeared in public in the last two months because of an unspecified illness.

"It was with sadness that I learned of the passing of prime minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia," Xinhua quoted Obama as saying in a statement released by the White House.
"Prime Minister Meles deserves recognition for his lifelong contribution to Ethiopia`s development, particularly his unyielding commitment to Ethiopia`s poor."

Offering his condolences, Obama reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to the partnership with Ethiopia.

Zenawi was the president of Ethiopia`s transitional government from 1991 to 1995, after which he was elected as the country`s prime minister and he remained at the post ever since.

According to Ethiopian state TV, Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn will now be acting Prime Minister.


First Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 11:11

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