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Meles Zenawi
መለስ ዜናዊ
Meles Zenawi - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012.jpg
Zenawi at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, January 2012
Prime Minister of Ethiopia
In office
23 August 1995 – 20 August 2012
President Negasso Gidada
Girma Wolde-Giorgis
Preceded by Tamirat Layne (Acting)
Succeeded by Hailemariam Desalegn
President of Ethiopia
In office
28 May 1991 – 22 August 1995
Prime Minister Tesfaye Dinka
Tamirat Layne
Preceded by Tesfaye Gebre Kidan (Acting)
Succeeded by Hailemariam Desalegn
Personal details
Legesse Zenawi Asres

(1955-05-08)8 May 1955
Adwa, Ethiopia
Died 20 August 2012(2012-08-20) (aged 57)
Brussels, Belgium
Political party Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front
Other political
Tigrayan People's Liberation Front
Spouse(s) Azeb Mesfin
Alma mater Open University
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Meles Zenawi Asres (8 May 1955 – 20 August 2012) was the Prime Minister of Ethiopia since 1995 till his death on 20 August 2012. He was President of Ethiopia from 1991 to 1995. Since 1985, he was the chairman of the Tigrayan Peoples' Liberation Front, and the head of the ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front.

Meles was born in Adwa, Tigray in Northern Ethiopia, to an Ethiopian father from Adwa, Ethiopia, and a mother from Adi Quala, Eritrea. Meles Zenawi was married to Azeb Mesfin and was the father of three children. Meles died on August 20, 2012 in a hospital in Brussels, Belgium after having a brain tumor removed. Zenawi's health was in question for weeks until his death. Meles was admitted to hospital in July 2012. He was 57 years old.

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