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Ethiopians hold the funeral of late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in the capital, Addis Ababa, September 2, 2012.

Ethiopians hold the funeral of late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in the capital, Addis Ababa, September 2, 2012.

Ethiopians have held the funeral of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, whose coffin arrived in the capital, Addis Ababa, from Belgium. Tens of thousands of mourners followed the late premier’s coffin from the National Palace to the Meskel Square in Addis Ababa on Sunday. Zenawi died at the age of 57 in a hospital in Belgium two weeks ago. Several African heads of state and foreign dignitaries also attended the state funeral. They were welcomed by Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who will take over until national elections in 2015. “All his initiatives will keep moving forward, all the transformation plans will progress,” Desalegn said. The exact cause of Zenawi’s death is still unknown, and the body will be buried at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in the capital. Zenawi, who had been in power since 1991, was hailed for stirring economic growth in Ethiopia, one of the poorest countries in the world. MSH/HSN