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Ethiopian PM in 'critical' state in Brussels clinic

2012-07-18 13:19

Brussels - Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was in a Brussels hospital in a "critical" state on Wednesday, several diplomatic sources told AFP, but the Ethiopian government denied he was unwell.

"He is in a critical state, his life is in danger," said a diplomat who asked not to be named.

In Addis Ababa, however, government spokesperson Bereket Simon denied reports that the 57-year-old premier was ill. "He is not in a critical state. He is in good condition," the spokesperson told AFP.

In Brussels, the Ethiopian embassy refused to comment. It had said earlier this week that reports he was being treated at a hospital were "false and wrong", and were a rumour created by "an interest group which has preoccupied itself in disseminating such untrue stories".

But several diplomats in Brussels said he had been undergoing regular treatment on a private basis at one of the city's major hospitals and had been in hospital for a few days.

No information was available on his illness.

Questions surfaced about Meles's health when he missed a two-day African Union summit on Sunday and Monday, apparently for the first time.

Meles's wife, herself a lawmaker, had declined to talk to reporters about her husband, who has been at the helm of the Horn of Africa nation since 1991.

One of last times Meles was seen in public was at the G20 meeting in Mexico on June 19.

Dozens of African heads of state visited Ethiopia for the summit, including newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the first to do so since an assassination attempt in Ethiopia on former president Hosni Mubarak in 1995.

Comments
  • kooskanmar - 2012-07-18 14:00

    I find it strange that African leaders go to EU or Asian hospitals when they're ill. Doesn't it tell you something amout what they couldn't achieve when they ruled in their own countries ?

      Ayal Addis - 2012-07-18 14:06

      He is one of dectateres .

      christian.manzi.5 - 2012-07-18 16:58

      You have a point Kooskanmar.

  • Felix Njewa Kankhukwa - 2012-07-18 14:13

    Prophet TB Joshuau!

  • ntemi.mark - 2012-07-18 16:45

    kooskanmar! u said a valid point mate! it's quite clear mate something is not right in their countries,including mugabe he goes out whenever he is not feeling well,something is absolutely not right

  • Lealem Girma - 2012-07-18 16:51

    o

  • Ayal Addis - 2012-07-18 20:41

    Y his family and ethio.goverment they hide his condition?? If he is die 90million people is cmng out frm appartide!!!

  • jeveyand.wilson - 2012-07-19 00:54

    Meles Zenawi a.k.a Adolf Meles Zenawi,the butcher of Oromo and Amhara and other none-tigre ethnics is the most Racist tyrant who single handedly architectured and acted entirely rationally in executing and imprisoning thousands of innocent none-tigrayan Ethiopian people.

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