Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian Prime Minister, Dies at 57
NAIROBI, Kenya — Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s technocratic but repressive prime minister, who lifted his country from the ruins of civil war and transformed it into one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies and one of the United States government’s closest African allies, died on Monday, state television reported. He was 57.
Ethiopian authorities said he had died in a hospital ‘abroad’ just before midnight after getting a secondary infection. His failing health had been shrouded in mystery for months.