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Ethiopia - Funeral of Zenawi Asres conducted
Funeral of the late Zenawi Asres, the father of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, was conducted on Friday at Tsion Mary Church in Adwa Town of Tigray State.
Born to his father Dejazmach Asres Tessema and his mother Zewditu Mengesha on March 22, 1925 at Debrchi locality of Adwa Town, Zenawi Asress passed away at the age of 83 due to natural causes.
Zenawi had attended primary education grade 1 to 4 at Endamission School in the town.
He served as administrator for Adwa Woreda and Axum Debretsion Church for one year beginning 1944.
Zenawi also worked as chief of Bizet Eoreda, and head of a charity organization in Tigray State for many years.
During his lifetime, Zenawi struggled against previous feudal and dictatorial regimes. He left government post and engaged in private business for the same cause.
Zenawi was ardent supporter of and contributor to the military struggle launched against the dictatorial derg regime.
The late Zenawi, father of 14 children, was a figure much revered by by people in the town.
Prime Minster Meles and his family were accompanied by senior government officials and more than 100,000 town residents at the funeral ceremony.
Meles Zenawi's Father Dead at 82
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