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Title:The legacy of Meles Zenawi
Author:Plaut, MartinISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 0305-6244)
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:political history
in memoriams (form)
About person:Meles Zenawi (1955-2012)ISNI
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056244.2012.738796
Abstract:This obituary deals with the legacy of Ethiopia's late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. His death in a Belgian hospital was announced on 21 August 1912. This was less than four decades after the Derg toppled Haile Selassie in Sptember 1974. Appalling suffering followed, with the Red Terror, the famines and Ethiopia's wars in Eritrea and Somalia, yet Ethiopian society has changed almost beyond recognition. In the past forty years Ethiopia has been transformed from a stagnant society dominated by the nobility and the church into a modern developmental State. Any assessment of the part played by Prime Minister Meles, revolutionary, statesman and autocrat, must acknowledge his role in this transformation. The obituary focuses on three main elements: ethnic federalism, which was central to Meles's rule; the development strategies he pursued; and the foreign policy that was the bedrock of his Western support. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]