thiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who ruled the country for 21 years, died in a hospital in South Africa late Monday night. The 57-year-old's health was rumored to be deteriorating after he hadn't been seen in public for about two months. The cause of death has not been revealed. "After attending medical services abroad, the prime minister passed away around midnight. It's time for his remains to come back in Ethiopia," said government spokesman Bereket Simon. Zenawi was largely regarded as an ally to the West against Islamic radicalism.
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