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Ethiopia braces itself for post-Meles era

Ethiopia has said acting prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn will remain at the helm until elections in 2015. The announcement came as the body of autocratic ruler Meles Zenawi was brought home for burial. … Sally Healy is an expert on Ethiopia at the Rift Valley Institute in London. She says Ethiopia has very strong state institutions, so we should not imagine that the death of the prime minister is going to mean an imminent breakdown. She does, however, sound a note of caution. "The question to be settled over time is who is going to be controlling these state institutions in the future and I don't think this is something that is going to get settled instantly," she told DW.

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