A power vacuum occurred in Ethiopia after the death on August 20 of Prime Minister Zenawi, the head of Ethiopia's power elite since 1991. There are no apparent successors who can match Zenawi’s leadership and influence. His deputy, Hailemariam Desalegn, will be in charge until elections are held in 2015. Desalegn is not of Zenawi’s Tigray ethnicity, a people from northern Ethiopia who control much of its political scene.
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