Press Release: Statement by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia

August 22, 2012

Press Release No. 12/296
August 22, 2012

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde made the following statement today.

“I am deeply saddened by the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

“Among his many achievements, Prime Minister Meles was instrumental in raising economic growth and reducing poverty in Ethiopia. Prime Minister Meles was also a powerful spokesman for Africa on the international scene.

“On behalf of the International Monetary Fund, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to his family and the people of Ethiopia.”


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