Ayoub mzee with Hon Simon Bereket -the Ethiopia government communication minister who announced the death of the president Meles Zenawi
Statement from the Council of Ministers of the Federal Democratic
Honorable Peoples and Friends of Ethiopia;
The Council of Ministers of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, with deep sorrow and grief, regrets to inform the Peoples of Ethiopia that, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who has led our country for the last 21 years with great wisdom and far-sightedness, passed away on August 20th at 11:40 pm at the hospital where he was under medical treatment.
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi had been undergoing medical treatment for the last two months. He had lately been showing remarkable improvement, but unfortunately had to be admitted back to hospital two days ago when his condition worsened due to a sudden infection. All attempts by his physicians to treat this was unsuccessful, and he died at 11:40 p.m. on August 20th.
It is with deep sorrow and heartfelt grief that the Council of Ministers announces the news of the passing of Prime Meles Zenawi, who gave his all to the cause of extricating
The Prime Minister was a successful and visionary leader who built a party and a government that had started to turn his aims and vision into reality, raising
Prime Minster Meles Zenawi made relentless efforts to put in place a constitutional democratic system that could guarantee peoples' equality and citizens' human and democratic rights, good governance and improvement for the livelihood of the millions living in poverty, in sum charting a bright future for
Prime Minister Meles was the chief architect of the 5 year Growth and Transformation Plan, to the successful implementation of which he fully dedicated himself, despite nursing a serious medical condition for the past two years.
Under his great leadership not only has the country’s peace and stability been maintained,
Prime Minister Meles, along with other African colleagues, created the NEPAD Program in order to allow
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, as the voice of the developing world, successfully fought for a just and equitable economic system. As a great leader who believed in safe and balanced use of global natural resources, he made
The Council of Ministers of the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia wishes to say that not only
Honorable Peoples of our Country and Friends of
The Council of Ministers of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, while expressing its deep sorrow and grief at the untimely death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, nonetheless takes comfort and solace in the fact that he has left behind a solid democratic and developmental constitutional system. Today, his ideas and vision of change have become the ideas of change for 80 million Ethiopians. His initiatives on behalf of a democratic developmental system have ushered in new hope and a determination for change and a better life for all Ethiopians and indeed for
Prime Ministers Meles' policies and strategies, implemented through the determination and tireless efforts of his colleagues in party, government, and throughout the country, have clearly shown their capacity to provide for rapid change and development of
Despite the great loss that
The constructive and peaceful role that Ethiopia has been playing in the Horn of Africa and in Africa at large, to ensure mutual benefit for all will continue with vigour, and Ethiopia will remain, today as in the past, an example of good neighborliness.
Honorable Peoples and Friends of
The Government of Ethiopia has observed with admiration the outpouring of heartfelt love of the peoples of
Furthermore, the Council of Ministers would express its appreciation to all world leaders, who over the last two months have expressed their best wishes and support for the Prime Minister. It would like to take this opportunity to renew its assurances that
The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia expresses its heartfelt gratitude to all medical personnel who have done everything in their capacity to provide Prime Minister Meles with all necessary medical support during his illness.
The Council of Ministers of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia will announce the details of the funeral arrangements for Prime Minister Meles in the near future. In the meantime, His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn will, in accordance with the FDRE Constitution, continue to carry out the responsibilities of heading the Council of Ministers.
Honorable Peoples and Friends of
While the loss of our visionary leader is a loss too many, Ethiopians today more than ever are duty bound to act together to implement Prime Minister Meles’ vision for change and for the building of a developed and prosperous
The Council of Ministers calls on all Ethiopians to redouble their efforts to endure this difficult moment and ensure that
The Council of Ministers would like to take this opportunity to express its condolences to the Peoples of Ethiopia and to the bereaved family of our great leader, Meles Zenawi.