Meles Zenawi's coffin arrives in Meskel Square
Thousands of people have been attending the state funeral in Addis Ababa of Ethiopia's long-serving Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who died last month.
Meles' flag-draped coffin was carried from his palace to the city's Meskel Square for a ceremony, then buried at the Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Dozens of foreign leaders and dignitaries, including at least 20 African presidents, were present.
Meles died at the age of 57 in Brussels, following a long illness.
He came to power in 1991 and was credited for bringing development and growth to Ethiopia.
But critics say this was achieved at the cost of respect for human rights.
The state funeral - Ethiopia's first for a leader in more than 80 years - began in Meskel Square after a journey of about an hour-and-a-half from Meles' official residence, the Grand National Palace.
After several hours, the coffin was taken to the city's Holy Trinity Cathedral in heavy rain for the burial.
The casket was lowered into a grave and covered with stone slabs, as wailing crowds jostled around the burial site.
The coffin was accompanied by hundreds of mourners, including Meles' widow Azeb Mesfin, who was seen being comforted by officials.
African presidents attending include Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan, South Africa's Jacob Zuma and Sudan's President, Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court on several counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in the Darfur conflict.
Many of them paid tribute to the former prime minister.
President Boni Yayi of Benin, which currently holds the presidency of the African Union, said: "With his energy, vision and fight for the achievement of a free and prosperous Africa, the late Meles Zenawi... was a force... on which the African Union depended in these last 10 years."
President Zuma said: "We are proud of Meles Zenawi, and the leadership he provided on issues affecting the continent and around the globe."
Several prominent international figures including Microsoft chairman Bill Gates are also at the funeral.
The US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, praised his vision and foresight.
"He wasn't just brilliant, he wasn't just a relentless negotiator and a formidable debater, he wasn't just a thirsty consumer of knowledge - he was uncommonly wise, able to see the big picture and the long game, even when others would allow immediate pressures to overwhelm sound judgement," she said.
Susan Rice: "He was uncommonly wise, able to see the big picture and the long game"
"Those rare traits were the foundations of his greatest contributions."
The prime minister was a former Marxist rebel and not publicly religious, but was brought up as an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian.
In contrast to the secrecy traditionally surrounding the deaths of Ethiopian leaders, the ceremony is being broadcast live, and huge screens have been erected in cities and villages around the country.
The last Ethiopian leader to be honoured with a state funeral was the Empress Zauditu in 1930.
Meles became a dominant figure in the region after toppling dictator Mengistu Hailemariam 21 years ago.