Ethiopia’s prime minister passes away

Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s prime minister, passed away due to health problems. He was 57 years old, and had been the leader of the country for over 20 years. He had become the president of the country in 1991, when he helped overthrow the government at the time. He served as president for 4 years, and since then had been the prime minister. Hailemariam Desalegn, the country’s deputy prime minister has taken over as prime minister.

Did you know?

Ethiopia follows its own calendar system called the Ge’ez calendar. It is based on an older Egyptian calendar. Most of the Western world follows the Gregorian calendar which was introduced in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII. The Ge’ez calendar has twelve months of thirty days each and a thirteenth month of five days (or six days in a leap year).
If you thought that was confusing, there’s more! In Ethiopia, time is also followed differently. Since Ethiopia lies very close to the equator, the days and nights are always approximately the same length. So the Ethiopians use 12 hours each to count the day part and the night part. When the sun rises, it is 12:00 according to the Ethiopian clock; and when the sun sets, it is also 12:00! What we call “noon” and “midnight” are both 6:00 according to the Ethiopian clock.


Image Credits: World Economic Forum for Meles Zenawi’s image