Engineer Hailu Shawul, one of Ethiopia’s prominent and affluent civil engineers and former Chairman of the opposition, Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) during the 2005 General Election, has died, VoA Amharic has reported.
He was also one of the founders and later leader of the All Amhara Peoples Organisation (AAPO) now the All Ethiopian Unity Party (AEUP).
Hailu died at the age of 80 in Thailand today, where he was receiving medical treatment, VoA added. His illness has not been mentioned but VoA stated that Hailu did note in his recent book that he had encountered a severe spinal disease during the time of his two years arrest by the Ethiopian government after the 2005 election.
Hailu had also suffered from Diabetes.
Engineer Hailu had consulted several African leaders and his company Shawel Consulting completed significant constructions in Ethiopia and outside.
We wish to pass our condolences to the families and supporters of Hailu.