Government of Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)

Ethiopia: Memorial Held in Honor of the Late Prime Minister in London

The Ethiopian Embassy in London held a memorial session in honour of the late Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi's contributions to the Ethiopian and African renaissance on Tuesday (April 30).

The event was attended by former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, former UK Secretary of State for International Development, Clare Short, government officials, corporate leaders and other high level dignitaries. Ethiopians residing in London also attended the memorial in large numbers. On the occasion, Gordon Brown said, "no leader has worked like Meles to fight poverty, the worst of all enemies".

He added, "Meles was a man of deep conviction that believed development must bring tangible benefits to the public; his economic policies were instrumental in the construction of thousands of schools [and] health stations which lifted millions out of poverty."

Clare Short, on her part, said "Meles was one of the most brilliant politicians she ever met in her political career". She said "he was a man who worked hard to increase women's participation, lower corruption and contributed in making Ethiopia one of the fastest growing economies in the world". Short went on to add that, "Meles enabled Ethiopia's developmental state to be a successful model for development." Ethiopia's Ambassador to the UK, Birhanu Kebede, in his speech, expressed his strong belief that the recent launch of the Meles Foundation will help in ensuring the continuity of Meles' legacy and contributions to Africa's peace, development, justice and democracy.

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