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Meles Zenawi

Personal data
Date of birth08 May 1955(age 60)
Place of birthAdwa, Tigray, Ethiopia
Political partyTigrayan People's Liberation Front as part of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front coalition.
SpouseAzeb Mesfin
ReligionOrthodox Christian
Prime Minister of Ethiopia
Assumed office23 August 1995
PresidentNegasso Gidada
Girma Wolde-Giorgis
Preceded byTamirat Layne
President of Ethiopia
In office28 May 1991 - 22 August 1995
Prime ministerTesfaye Dinka
Tamirat Layne
Succeeded byNegasso Gidada
Preceded byTesfaye Gebre Kidan
Member of the House of Peoples' Representatives for Adewa Town
Assumed office1995

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Meles Zenawi Asres (Ge'ez መለስ ዜናዊ አስረስ Mäläs Zenawi Äsräs; born 8 May 1955) is the Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Since 1985, he has been chairman of the Tigrayan Peoples' Liberation Front (TPLF), and is currently head of the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).

Meles was born in Adwa, Tigray in Northern Ethiopia, to an Ethiopian father from Adwa, Ethiopia, and a mother from Adi Quala, Eritrea. He graduated from the General Wingate high school in Addis Ababa, then studied medicine at Addis Ababa University (at the time known as Haile Selassie University) for two years before interrupting his studies in 1975 to join the TPLF. While a member of the TPLF, he founded the Marxist-Leninist League of Tigray.His first name at birth was "Legesse" (thus Legesse Zenawi Ge'ez: ለገሰ ዜናዊ legesse zēnāwī) but he is better known by his nom de guerre Meles. He later changed his first name to "Meles" in honor of a University student and a revolutionary radical who was executed by the previous government in 1975.

The TPLF was one of many armed groups struggling against the dictator, Lieutenant Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam. 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. He was president of the Transitional Government of Ethiopia (TGE), during which Eritrea seceded from the country and the experiment of ethnic federalism started.

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Meles holds talks with members of AID-UNION - Walta Information Center (blog) Tweet this news
Walta Information Center (blog)--Addis Ababa, October 12 - Prime Minister -Meles Zenawi- on Monday received and held talks with members of AID-UNION, an international panel comprising former ... - Date : Tue, 12 Oct 2010 12:32:03 GMT+00:00
Press Release - China: Stop Supporting State Sponsored-Terrorism in Ethiopia - Abugidainfo Tweet this news
Abugidainfo--China has also provided technology and technical experts to the ethnocentric dictatorship of -Meles Zenawi- so that it can engage in blocking websites that ... - Date : Wed, 04 Aug 2010 12:44:04 GMT+00:00
Rwanda and other aid darlings: Efficiency versus freedom - The Economist Tweet this news
The Economist--Ethiopia's -Meles Zenawi-, Uganda's Yoweri Museveni and even, for a time, Nigeria's Olusegun Obasanjo have been singled out for favoured treatment. ... - Date : Thu, 05 Aug 2010 15:24:32 GMT+00:00
Setback to hopes of Tobin tax to pay for climate aid - The Guardian Tweet this news
The Guardian---...- the Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing - which includes billionaire George Soros, Ethiopian prime minister -Meles Zenawi- and Larry Summers, ... - Date : Thu, 05 Aug 2010 17:41:31 GMT+00:00
Ethiopia: It is increasingly looking like Mr. Zenawi will quit in 2015 - NewsDire Tweet this news
NewsDire--It is increasingly looking like Mr. -Meles Zenawi- will quit in 2015. And, still wants to play behind the scene (according to his words 'I will still serve ... - Date : Wed, 28 Jul 2010 12:42:29 GMT+00:00
'Win-win' approach only solution to Nile waters issue says Ethiopia's PM - Sudan Tribune Tweet this news
Sudan Tribune--July 14, 2010 (ADDIS ABABA) Ethiopia's Prime Minister, -Meles Zenawi-, said that Nile basin countries need to seek a "win-win" approach to resolve ... - Date : Thu, 15 Jul 2010 02:15:40 GMT+00:00
Ethiopia's PM Zenawi attacks Bloomberg News journalist - Jimma Times Tweet this news
Jimma Times--The following is a statement by Prime Minister -Meles Zenawi's- Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Zenawi attacks reporter Jason McClure of the Bloomberg News ... - Date : Sun, 04 Jul 2010 14:28:57 GMT+00:00
Bulcha Demeksa's last comments in Ethiopia parliament - Jimma Times Tweet this news
Jimma Times--Prime Minster -Meles Zenawi- and the currently seated opposition addressed each other in Parliament on Thursday, July 1, 2010, for the last time until at ... - Date : Mon, 05 Jul 2010 17:36:09 GMT+00:00
Makhtal's family ask Canada to dis-invite Meles Zenawi from G20 Summit - (blog) Tweet this news (blog)--The Toronto Star reports that the families and supporters of Makhtal said -Meles Zenawi- must release Bashir Makhtal if he is allowed to attend the G20 summit ... - Date : Thu, 10 Jun 2010 03:31:57 GMT+00:00
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi breaks ground for ECA's new office facility - Ethiopian News Journal Tweet this news
Ethiopian News Journal---...- Prime Minister -Meles Zenawi- and Addis Ababa's diplomatic corps, as well as representatives of UN agencies and partners resident in the country. ... - Date : Wed, 23 Jun 2010 05:46:30 GMT+00:00

Political offices
Preceded by
Mengistu Haile Mariam
President of Ethiopia
1991 - 1995
Succeeded by
Negasso Gidada
Preceded by
Tamirat Layne
Prime Minister of Ethiopia
1995 - present
Succeeded by

Presidents of Ethiopia

Derg (1974-1987), ChairmenAman * Mengistu * Tafari * Mengistu
People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (1987-1991), PresidentsMengistu * Tesfaye *
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (since 1991), PresidentsMeles* * Negasso * Girma

Prime Ministers of Ethiopia

Ethiopian Empire (1942-1974) Makonnen * Abebe * Aklilu * Endelkachew * Mikael
Derg (1974-1987)post abolished
People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (1987-1991)Fikre * Hailu* * Tesfaye*
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (since 1991)Tamirat* * Meles

Chairpersons of the Organization of African Unity and the African Union (AU)

Selassie * Nasser * Nkrumah * Ankrah * Selassie * Mobutu * Boumédienne * Ahidjo * Kaunda * Daddah * Hassan II * Gowon * Barre * Amin * Ramgoolam * Bongo * Nimeiry * Tolbert * Senghor * Stevens * Moi * Mengistu * Nyerere * Diouf * Nguesso * Kaunda * Traoré * Mubarak * Museveni * Babangida * Diouf * Mubarak * Ben Ali * Meles * Biya * Mugabe * Compaoré * Bouteflika * Eyadéma * Chiluba * Mwanawasa * Mbeki * Chissano * Obasanjo * Nguesso * Kufuor * Kikwete * al-Gaddafi * Mutharika |

Commission for Africa

Blair (chairman)
Adeola * Amoako * Baker * Benn * Brown * Camdessus * Geldof * Goodale * Peiding * Kalema * Manuel * Mkapa * Mohohlo * Thiam * Tibaijuka * Meles

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