Posted 21.08.2012 10:34:40 UTC
Updated 21.08.2012 10:45:28 UTC
Speculation that Meles was seriously ill grew after he failed to attend the African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa last month.
Reportedly Meles had been suffering from an undisclosed illness.
Meles seized power as the leader of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front in 1991 from the Mengistu Haile Mariam's socialist government.