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Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi dead at 57

India TV News Desk 21 Aug 2012, 12:51:03 IST
India TV News Desk
Addis Ababa, Aug 21 : Ethiopia's state television says Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, the East African nation's longtime ruler, has died. He was 57.

Authorities did not immediately announce the cause of Meles' death, but the prime minister hadn't been seen in public in Ethiopia in several weeks.  

State TV announced the death on Tuesday. It said Meles died just before midnight on Monday after contracting an infection.

The most recent images of Meles aired by state-run Ethiopian Television showed him noticeably thinner.

State TV said the country's Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn was put in charge of the Cabinet.