Meles Zenawi, the Ethiopian prime minister, has died, Ethiopian state television, says.
Meles had not been seen in several weeks. The government said in July that he was taking a break to recover from an
State television said on Tuesday that Hailemariam Desalegn, deputy prime minister, will be acting prime minister.
Rumours that Meles was seriously ill had been rife since the former guerrilla leader, in power since overthrowing Mengistu Haile Mariam's military junta in 1991, failed to attend an African Union summit in Addis Ababa last month.