18 January 2013

Ethiopia: House Passes Proclamation to Establish the Meles Foundation

The House of People's Representatives on Thursday (January 17th) endorsed a proclamation establishing the Meles Foundation.

Named after the late Prime Minister, the Foundation, when established, will include a mausoleum where the body of the late premier will be laid to rest, a public park and library. This will, among other things, be tasked to collect and catalogue the works of the late premier, and writings and documentary videos on his life and works.

The Foundation will also have the duty of facilitating conditions for research that focuses on economics, development and democracy. It will also have the job of producing popular and educational works about building a green economy and make scholarships available for women. MP Asmelash Woldeselasie, Chair of the Legal, Justice and Administration Standing Committee said "the Foundation will enable us to continue with the ideals of the developmental state, of equality, and democracy that Meles fought for since his youth."

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