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Africa leaders gather for Meles Zenawi burial

African leaders have gathered in Addis Ababa for the state funeral of Ethiopia's long-serving Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died last month.

Foreign dignitaries have been joining ordinary Ethiopians in paying their respects as his body lay in state in the National Palace.

Mr Meles died at the age of 57 in Brussels, following a long illness.

He came to power in 1991 and was credited for bringing development and growth to Ethiopia.

But critics say this was achieved at the cost of respect for human rights.

Humphrey Hawksley reports.

  • 02 Sep 2012
  • From the section Africa