Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi dies at 57

African country’s premier passes away after not being seen in public for several weeks
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Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, IGAD, Chairman, Ethiopia's President Meles Zenawi heads, on October 29, 2008 the opening ceremony of the 13th extraordinary assembly of heads of state and government in Nairobi. Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Seyoum Mesfin blamed the failure to restore stability in Somalia on the country's transitional administration. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Chinese National Peoples Congress Standing Committee Chairman Wu Bangguo (L) meets with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (L) at the Great Hall of the People meet on August 15, 2011 in Beijing, China. The leaders met to discuss China's commitment to international aid. (Getty Images)
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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (R) poses with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (L) and as he hosts the Climate Finance Group at 10 Downing Street on March 31, 2010 in London, England. Brown is to co-chair the high-level advisory group on climate change financing, that was launched in February, with his Ethiopian counterpart Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. (Getty Images)
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Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi and his wife arrive at the international conference centre in Accra 01 July 2007 before the opening of the African Union summit. Chaotic scenes marred the opening of the summit in Ghana on Sunday with a live feed of speeches failing, Internet access collapsing and journalists barred from leaving the media centre. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda upon his arrival at the Windsor Hotel Toya on July 7, 2008 in Toyako, Hokkaido, Japan. During the 3-day G8 Summit meeting, the leaders of the eight world's major industrialized nations will discuss issues including the world economy, environment and climate change as well as development in Africa. (Getty Images)
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Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (L) shakes hands with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi prior to their meeting November 14, 2005 in Jerusalem, Israel. Zenawi is on an official visit to the area. (Getty Images)
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President Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia shakes hands with the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan at the United Nations General Assembly on September 16, 2005 in New York City. World leaders gathered for the third day of the summit marking the 60th anniversary of the United Nations. (Getty Images)
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Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (L) is greeted by Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) during the welcoming ceremony for representatives attending the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation on November 4, 2006 at the Great Hall of People in Beijing. Hu announced fresh pledges of aid and loans in the next three years, saying China's aid to Africa would double by 2009. China would also provide three billion dollars of preferential loans and two billion dollars of preferential buyer's credit loans to the continent, he said. (Getty Images)