Ethiopian strongman and Western ally, Meles, dies

By Aaron Maasho | Reuters ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, an economic reformer condemned at home as an autocrat but hailed in the West as a bulwark against militant Islam, has died after a long illness, aged 57. Twenty-one years after he seized power from a military junta, Meles died in a Brussels hospital late on Monday, ending months of rumor that he was gravely ill and prompting sharply contrasting reactions; the White House mourned his “untimely loss”, while opponents rejoiced at the death of a…

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