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Year after ruler dies, Ethiopia sees little change

Las Vegas Sun
Thursday, August 22, 2013

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Candlelit vigils and the launch of over two dozen parks are taking place in Ethiopia on the first year anniversary of the death of long-time ruler Meles Zenawi.

Tuesday's rituals underscore the approach Meles' successors have employed during the last year: a continued lionization of the late prime minister.

During a ceremony attended by regional leaders such the presidents of Somalia and Sudan, Meles was praised as "Africa's voice." His successor, Prime Minister Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, praised Meles as a "champion of the poor."

Critics say that Ethiopia has maintained the same oppressive anti-free press policies that Meles put in place.

Meles became president in 1991 and prime minister in 1995, a position he held until his sudden death last year.


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