Ethiopian PM Meles was ‘respected African leader’: Barroso

European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso on Tuesday remembered Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who reportedly died overnight in Brussels, as a “respected African leader” during his 20 years in power.

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Published: Tue 21 Aug 2012, 5:41 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 9:52 AM

Meles “demonstrated his strong personal commitment over many years to improving the lives of not just his own but all African peoples, through his work on African unity, climate change, development and in promoting peace and stability, particularly in the Horn of Africa,” Barroso said in a statement of condolences.

Commission spokesman Olivier Bailly said that the 57-year-old Meles died in Brussels but added that the Ethiopian government has said only that he died “abroad” and has not yet released any details about his death.

Amid fears of a power vacuum now in the region, Barroso also expressed hopes that “Ethiopia will enhance its path of democratization, upholding of human rights and prosperity for its people, and of further regional stabilization and integration.”

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