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Meles Zenawi

1955 - 2012

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Meles Zenawi Asres (Tigrinya and Amharic: መለስ ዜናዊ ኣስረስ; pronounced [mɛllɛs zenawi asrɛs] listen , born Legesse Zenawi Asres; 9 May 1955 – 20 August 2012) was an Ethiopian soldier and politician who served as President of Ethiopia from 1991 to 1995 and then Prime Minister of Ethiopia from 1995 until his death in 2012. Born in Adwa to an Ethiopian father and an Eritrean mother, Meles became actively involved in politics after changing his original first name from Legesse to Meles, adopted following the execution of fellow university student Meles Takele by the Derg government in 1975. Shortly that year, he left Haile Selassie I University to join the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and fight against the Derg (the Mengistu Haile Mariam-led military dictatorship in Ethiopia). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Meles Zenawi has received more than 904,537 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Meles Zenawi is the 6,191st most popular politician (down from 5,826th in 2019), the 13th most popular biography from Ethiopia and the 11th most popular Ethiopian Politician.

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  • 61

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  • 4.48

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Among politicians, Meles Zenawi ranks 6,191 out of 15,577Before him are Kurmanjan Datka, García Sánchez II of Pamplona, Marie Thérèse Rodet Geoffrin, Tai Jia, Ernesto Zedillo, and Kayqubad III. After him are Curtis LeMay, Phạm Văn Đồng, Chilperic of Aquitaine, Carlos Antonio López, Franz Vranitzky, and Mirza Muhammad Haidar Dughlat.

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Among people born in 1955, Meles Zenawi ranks 79Before him are Jigme Singye Wangchuck, Bill Paxton, Béla Tarr, Avram Grant, Toninho Cerezo, and Tanya Roberts. After him are Verónica Forqué, Simon Rattle, Adem Jashari, Iman, Miguel Ferrer, and Matthias Jabs. Among people deceased in 2012, Meles Zenawi ranks 86Before him are Santiago Carrillo, Maurice Herzog, Galina Vishnevskaya, Neslişah Sultan, Alexis Weissenberg, and Haji Mohammad Chamkani. After him are Omar Suleiman, Warda Al-Jazairia, Sergio Pininfarina, Tonino Guerra, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, and Carlo Maria Martini.

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In Ethiopia

Among people born in Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi ranks 13 out of 89Before him are Onuphrius (320), Lij Iyasu of Ethiopia (1895), Ismaïl Omar Guelleh (1946), Sahle-Work Zewde (1950), Girma Wolde-Giorgis (1924), and Tewodros II (1818). After him are Abdullah ibn Ja'far (650), Amha Selassie (1916), Gebre Mesqel Lalibela (1200), Abiy Ahmed (1976), Mulatu Teshome (1955), and Haile Gebrselassie (1973).

Among POLITICIANS In Ethiopia

Among politicians born in Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi ranks 11Before him are Menelik I (-954), Lij Iyasu of Ethiopia (1895), Ismaïl Omar Guelleh (1946), Sahle-Work Zewde (1950), Girma Wolde-Giorgis (1924), and Tewodros II (1818). After him are Amha Selassie (1916), Gebre Mesqel Lalibela (1200), Abiy Ahmed (1976), Mulatu Teshome (1955), Taytu Betul (1851), and Yohannes IV (1837).