Las Vegas SunCandlelit vigils and the launch of over two dozen parks are taking
place in Ethiopia on the first year anniversary of the death of
long-time ruler Meles Zenawi.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
rituals underscore the approach Meles' successors have employed during
the last year: a continued lionization of the late prime minister.
a ceremony attended by regional leaders such the presidents of Somalia
and Sudan, Meles was praised as "Africa's voice." His successor, Prime
Minister Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, praised Meles as a
"champion of the poor."
Critics say that Ethiopia has maintained the same oppressive anti-free press policies that Meles put in place.
Meles became president in 1991 and prime minister in 1995, a position he held until his sudden death last year.