August 22, 2012 ·18 Comments
ADDIS ABABA — First lady Azeb Mesfin joined a crowd of thousands at the national palace in Addis Ababa where the body of the former PM Meles Zenawi has arrived. The long-time ruler of Africa’s second most populous country died on Monday in the Belgian capital Brussels at the age of 57.
Ethiopians turned out by the thousands on Tuesday night filled the streets of the capital to pay their respects to Meles, who is credited with guiding Ethiopia out of a deep economic crisis.
African leaders are due to arrive in Addis Ababa for a state vigil, and messages of condolences poured in from around the world, including from Somaliland President Ahmed Silanyo.
The sudden death of Meles Zenawi leaves a gaping hole and fears of instability in Ethiopia. Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has been announced as the next successor until elections in 2015.
The mourning first lady is still coming into terms with her loss. The arrival of the casket from Brussels has overwhelmed millions of Ethiopians.
The body of Meles will stay at the prime minister’s official residence at the national palace until his state funeral. No funeral date has been announced yet but the country declared nation wide mourning.
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