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Meles zenawi dead ethiopia pm dies 20120821

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Meles Zenawi has died in a Brussels hospital after weeks of illness, an Ethiopian government spokesman said.
Meles granted and then squashed press freedoms, says an expert from the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Meles zenawi dead ethiopia pm dies 20120821

A picture taken July 1, 2007 shows Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi and his wife arriving at the international conference center in Accra before the opening of the African Union summit. Meles Zenawi has died in hospital abroad, a spokesman for Ethiopia's government said on August 21, 2012. "Prime Minister Meles Zenawi passed away yesterday evening at around midnight," Bereket Simon said, adding that the 57-year-old "was abroad" when he died, without giving further details. Meles had not been seen in public for two months, and had been reported to have been sick in a hospital in Brussels.