The state-controlled Ethiopian Television (ETV) has reported that Ethiopia’s dictator Meles Zenawi has died at the age of 57.
The TPLF junta has been claiming that Meles was recovering for a minor illness and that he would return to his job before September 11, Ethiopian New Year. However, multiple sources have been informing Ethiopian Review and other media that Meles has died several weeks ago. Finally, the regime has admitted this morning (Ethiopian local time) that he is dead.
Obviously, it has been a while since Meles has died. It took this long for the ruling TPLF junta to announce his death because they couldn’t agree on his replacement.
Toward the end of last week, as reported by Ethiopian Review, the U.S. Africa Command led by Gen. Carter F. Ham persuaded the minority tribal junta to appoint Hailemariam Dessalegn as acting prime minister.
Track record of the late PM Meles of Ethiopia (1991 – 2012)
1 – Mounted in Ethiopia and the neighborhood ethnic and clan tensions;
2 – Increased economic inequalities and marginalization of the majority in Ethiopia;
3 – Helped social and political injustices become rampant;
4 – Used political legitimacy openly on ethnic and clan lines;
6 – Increased diverse range of actors, from afar and near, with apparently irreconcilable differences, for the protection and attainment of the ruling group material and political interest;
7 – Published a new map of “Tigray Federal State” in November 1997 claiming significant area of Eritrea and the Province of Begemider and Wollo (Ethiopia) for the first time;
8 – Declared “total war” on Eritrea on 13 May 1998;
9 – Stifled opposition groups in Ethiopia which won election held on 15 May 2005;
10 – Invaded Somalia in 2006;
11 – Invaded Somalia again in 2011; and
12 – Launched military incursions into Eritrea in 2012