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Ethiopian leader very present 6 months after death

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Posted: Feb 26, 2013 7:11 AM

Updated: Feb 26, 2013 7:12 AM

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) Ethiopia's long-ruling leader died half a year ago, but it seems Meles Zenawi still holds on to power. In the capital, his face looks down from hundreds of posters plastered on walls, and government representatives vow to implement the late Meles' vision without alteration.

Meles, who held tight control of the country since 1991, died Aug. 20 at the age of 57. A major U.S. counter-terrorism ally, Meles was credited with uplifting the country's poor, but he was condemned for human rights abuses and crushing the opposition.

A billboard on the main street in Addis Ababa says: "Our great leader ... we will never forget you!"

While Meles has many fans in the capital, some residents feel the six-month lionization has gone on too long.

Topics: Ethiopia-Late Leader

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