Meles Zenawi, the Ethiopian prime minister, has died from a sudden infection while recovering from an undisclosed illness at a hospital abroad, the African nation’s state-run television said on Tuesday.
“Prime Minister Meles Zenawi passed away yesterday evening at around midnight,” said Bereket Simon, government communication affairs minister.
Mr Meles, 57, had not been seen in public for two months, and had been reported to have been sick in a hospital in Brussels, although Mr Bereket gave no details of the illness. He was last seen in public at the G20 summit in Mexico in June.
“He had been recuperating well, but suddenly something happened and he had to be rushed to the ICU (intensive care unit) and they couldn’t keep him alive,” Bereket added.
The Council of ministers decided Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hailemariam Desalegn to work as the Head of the Council of Ministers as per the Ethiopian Constitution.