Former prime minister Gordon Brown paid tribute to Ethiopia's prime minister Meles Zenawi, saying he was a great advocate of the poor, and that his death was a tragedy for the people of Ethiopia. He said:
"Ethiopia, [...] made more progress in education, health and economic development under his leadership than at any time in its history, and it is a tragedy for the Ethiopian people that they have lost a committed leader and a champion of children at such a young age
When I last saw him earlier this year we held meetings about how we would ensure every child would be in school in Ethiopia by 2015. His passion was in abolishing poverty and our hope is that he will inspire a new generation of men and women who will champion the cause of eradicating poverty."
Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi, who has died at the ages of 57. He praised Mr Meles contribution to his country's development saying:
His personal contribution to Ethiopia's development, in particular by lifting millions of Ethiopians out of poverty, has set an example for the region. Our thoughts are with his family and with the nation of Ethiopia. He will be greatly missed.
Kenya's prime minister, Raila Odinga, told the BBC World Service that former Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi will be remembered for increasing aid and foreign investment to Ethiopia and for his role in African politics.
Odinga said he was worried about the transition of power, and stressed it was important for the region that Ethiopia stayed stable.
"We need a seamless, peaceful, transition of power. The region, the horn of Africa, needs stability."