Meles Zenawi Asres was the Prime Minister of Ethiopia from 1995 to his death in 2012. From 1989, he was the chairman of the Tigrayan Peoples’ Liberation Front and the head of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front since its formation in 1991. Before becoming Prime Minister in 1995, he served as President of the Transitional Government of Ethiopia from 1991 to 1995
It did not give details but an EU spokesman later told journalists Mr. Meles had died in Brussels, Belgium.
Mr. Meles had not been seen in public for weeks and speculation about his health mounted when he missed a summit in Addis Ababa last month.
His deputy, Hailemariam Desalegn, becomes prime minister until elections due in 2015, state media reported.
Mr. Meles took power as the leader of rebels that ousted communist leader Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991.