Tigrai Online, August 21, 2012
After being sick for two months and getting medical treatment due to a complication of an infection the Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has died at the age of 57. Preliminary reports indicated that he died on August 20, 2012 at 5:45pm after he went back to the hospital.
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was born in Adwa, Tigrai in Northern Ethiopia. He attended his elementary school education at the Queen Sheba elementary school in Adwa. He graduated with highest honors from the General Wingate high school in Addis Ababa and he was awarded a gold medal from Emperor Hailesilasie II, then he studied medicine at Addis Ababa University (at the time known as Haile Selassie University) for two years before he quit his studies in 1975 to join the Tigrai Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF). He was one of the founders of the Marxist-Leninist League of Tigrai.
The TPLF was one of many armed groups struggling against Lieutenant Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was elected Leader of the Leadership Committee in 1979 and Leader of the Executive Committee in 1983. He has been the chairperson of both the TPLF and the EPRDF since the EPRDF assumed power at the end of the Ethiopian Civil War in 1991. He was president of the Transitional Government of Ethiopia.
Under his leadership Ethiopia as country has progressed like never seen before. The Ethiopian people experienced electing their leaders for the first time from its inception, though some of the elections were hotly contested. The distribution of political power in Ethiopia from on centralized communist totalitarian government to a decentralized federal system was implemented under his administration.
The Ethiopian economy in all sectors is booming registering about 11 percent growth every year for the past few years. The distribution of electricity, building roads, hydroelectric dams including the Nile, Gibe, Tekeze, wind power, geo thermal power, cement factories, sugar factories, universities, textile factories and many more mega economic projects are under way or have been completed under Prime Minister Meles Zenaw’s administration.
Based on the false propaganda of the chauvinists Meles is blamed for secession of Eritrea. The fact is Eritrea seceded based on the documents signed by Emperor Menlik in 1989, 1902, 1903, 1906 and 1908. Eritrea was confederated with Ethiopia by the UN but Emperor Hailesilasie demolished the confederation illegally forcing the Eritreans to pick arms. The Eritreans struggled for 30 bitter years and they were not to give up that fight easily.
In the 1993 referendum the Eritrean people voted to secede from Ethiopia. Some rightfully complain the referendum rigged but, no matter what the outcome would have been the same. In conclusion the secession of Eritrea has nothing to do with Meles or TPLF. It has everything to do with Menlik and the treatment of the Ethiopian people including the Eritreans by successive Ethiopian governments.
Prime Minister Meles is survived by his wife Azeb Mesfen and his three children Semhal, Marda and Senay Meles.
We at Tigrai Online would like to express our deepest sadness to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's family and the Ethiopian People.
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President Obama's condolence message
It was with sadness that I learned of the passing of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia. Prime Minister Meles deserves recognition for his lifelong contribution to Ethiopiaís development, particularly his unyielding commitment to Ethiopiaís poor. I met with Prime Minister Meles at the G-8 Summit in May and recall my personal admiration for his desire to lift millions of Ethiopians out of poverty through his drive for food security. I am also grateful for Prime Minister Melesís service for peace and security in Africa, his contributions to the African Union, and his voice for Africa on the world stage. On behalf of the American people, I offer my condolences to Prime Minister Melesí family and to the people of Ethiopia on this untimely loss, and confirm the U.S. Governmentís commitment to our partnership with Ethiopia. Going forward, we encourage the Government of Ethiopia to enhance its support for development, democracy, regional stability and security, human rights, and prosperity for its people. 8/21/2012
Statement by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
I am profoundly saddened by the untimely passing of my close friend and cherished colleague, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia. My family and I extend our heartfelt condolences to his beloved wife, Azeb, and their children, and to the Government and people of Ethiopia.
Statement by Administrator Shah on the Death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
USAID Press Office
WASHINGTON, D.C. Ė On behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development, I join President Obama in extending my heartfelt condolences to the family of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and to the people of Ethiopia. Under Prime Minister Melesí leadership, Ethiopia made strides in advancing food security, economic growth, health, and education. Prime Minister Meles was a key driver in the development of comprehensive agricultural and economic development plans in Ethiopia and throughout East Africa that have contributed to broad-based growth in agriculture, industry, and services. Just last year, 7.5 million people withstood a devastating drought without the need of emergency food aid because of the progress made by the Ethiopian Governmentís Productive Safety Net Program. Recently, Ethiopia further strengthened its international engagement in this area by entering into the G-8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, a collaborative effort that will reinforce Prime Minister Melesí desire to lift millions of Ethiopians out of poverty. USAID remains committed to supporting this alliance and to carrying on the Prime Ministerís legacy of progress in securing a healthier, more prosperous future for the people of Ethiopia.
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Remembering Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Dr. Ghelawdewos Araia
Memorial service for Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in Vancouver B.C.
Memorial Service for Prime Minster Meles Zenawi in Vancouver B.C
At Britannia Community Center
Sep 1st at 5Pm
Memorial service for Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in Toronto
All Ethiopians and all peace loving people are invited to attend a memorial service in Honor of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi that will be held in Toronto, Canada at Sheraton Hotel and the details are as follows:
Date: Sunday September 02, 2012
Place: 123 Queen Street West (Sheraton Hotel)
Time: 0200 PM
The Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in London
The Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in London, with deep sorrow, informs the Ethiopian Diaspora of the tragic death, on Monday 20th August 2012, of H.E. Ato Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
A book of condolence will be opened at the Embassy (17 Princes Gate, London, SW7 1PZ) on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Memorial Service Memorial Service in Nashville, TN
September 1, 2012 from 3:00PM to 7:00PM. Place 5380 Hickory Hallow PRKW, Antioch, TN 37013
Memorial Service at the USA Ethiopian Embassy on Sunday September 2, 2012
Memorial service in Honor of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi will be held at the Chancery of the Ethiopian Embassy on Sunday September 2, 2012 from 3:00PM to 6:00PM. Located @ 3506 International Drive, NW, Washington D.C. 20008.
Memorial Service in St.Paul, Minnesota
Please help us in promoting the memorial service scheduled for Sunday August 26th for Prime Minister Meles Zenawi at 3pm in St.Paul, Minnesota at the Laos Community Center. Address: 320 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, MN 55103
Memorial Service in Boston
We the Ethiopian Community members residing in greater Boston area have heard the death of our prime minister Meles Zenawi on August 20th, 2012 with deep sorrow and heartfelt grief.
We regret to acknowledge that we loss our Successful and visionary leader and architect of the Ethiopian economic growth.
Memorial service has scheduled to express our condolences to the people of Ethiopia and the Family of our beloved leader. Date & Time: Sunday August 26th starting 2:00 pm; Place: 830 Tremont St. Boston, MA 02118
Coordinating Committee 8/22/2012
Ethiopian consulate in Canada
All Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia are invited for Candle
light prayer service for prime minster Meles Zenaw
and Patriarch Paulos.
Date - August 22, 2012
Time - 4Pm
Place - 125 Broadview Ave. Toronto