Monday, 3 September 2012

Ethiopia buried its  prime minister, Meles Zenawi, on Sunday in a ceremony attended by African presidents, Orthodox Christian priests and tens of thousands of mourners lining the streets of the capital

Eulogies praised Meles's "selflessness" and his success in bringing millions of Ethiopians out of poverty and changing the international perception of a country once best known for famine.

His coffin was led into Addis Ababa's Meskel Square on a carriage drawn by horses, with his family dressed in black following behind, as a marching band played traditional mourning music.
"Even as we argued, whether about economics, democracy, human rights, regional security or our respective foreign policies, I was always struck by two things, Meles was consistently reasoned in his judgments and thoughtful in his decisions," said Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations.