“Diplomats told the AFP that Mr Zenawi might not survive” -The Telegraph
- “Diplomats told the AFP that Mr Zenawi might not survive” -The Telegraph
- “If anything happens to the prime minister, the parliament will choose a new leader after the ruling party presents its candidate.” Sibhat Nega, told VOA
What Sibhat Nega said to VOA is a good indication that the evil dicator Meles is infact dead
Meles Zenawi, the Ethiopian prime minister, is in a “critical” condition in hospital in Brussels and may not survive, according to diplomatic sources.
By Aislinn Laing, Johannesburg and Bruno Waterfield in Brussels
5:33PM BST 18 Jul 2012
The 57-year-old premier has not been seen publicly for several weeks and missed a crunch African Union summit his country was hosting at the weekend at which a new chair was elected.
The Ethiopian government has confirmed that he is unwell but repeated promises of updates on his condition have been delayed.
On Wednesday, a Western diplomatic source in Brussels told the Telegraph that he is now “critically ill”.
“He is being treated as a private person and the information is confidential but it is understood that he is critically ill,” the diplomat said.
Mr Zenawi is thought to be receiving treatment for an unspecified condition at the Saint Luc University Hospital in Brussels. The hospital is a centre for the treatment of blood or “haematological” cancers.
Other diplomats told the AFP that Mr Zenawi might not survive his illness.
“He is in a critical state, his life is in danger,” said one.
“He is in a critical state but is alive,” another added.
Ethiopia’s ambassador in Brussels and the hospital authorities refused to comment on the reports.
In Addis Ababa, however, Bereket Simon, a government spokesman, insisted that Mr Zenawi, who has held power in the populous Horn of Africa nation for over two decades, was recovering. “He is not in a critical state. He is in good condition,” he told AFP.
Questions surfaced about Mr Meles’s health when he missed a two-day African Union summit Sunday and Monday in Addis Ababa, apparently for the first time since 1991. He was last seen looking thin and pale at the G20 summit in Mexico in June.
Whatever Mr Zenawi’s condition, anger is growing among Ethiopians at the refusal of his government to provide clarity on the situation and speculation has begun to swirl about possible successors.
The one-time Marxist, who toppled the brutal dictatorship of Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991, has run Ethiopia through strongly centralised control for two decades and analysts struggle to envisage how the country would be operate without him.
Adjoa Anyimadu, Chatham House’s Horn of Africa expert, said that Mr Zenawi’s force of personality meant that few other Ethiopian politicians were well-known.
“He is the face of the Ethiopian ruling class so it’s difficult to see who would take over from him,” she said.
“Ethiopia is also very closely involved in regional issues, from its conflict with Eritrea, mediating between South and North Sudan and providing troops to Somalia. The level of uncertainty if this carries on could have repercussions for the region.”
osted Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 11:15 am
European media are reporting that Ethiopia’s longtime Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is hospitalized in critical condition, contrary to statements by the government.
News reports say the prime minister is hospitalized at Saint Luc Hospital in Brussels. The hospital on Wednesday declined to say if Mr. Meles is there.
In interviews with VOA, government officials and a former ruling party leader confirmed the prime minister is sick. But they denied reports that the 57-year-old leader is gravely ill.
The officials did not indicate the nature of Mr. Meles’ illness.
An official with the Ethiopian Embassy in Kenya said Mr. Meles is “a little bit sick” and “exhausted,” but added Prime Minister Meles will be back at work soon.
Mr. Meles’ friend and former ruling party leader, Sibhat Nega, told VOA the prime minister will be back in Ethiopia within a week.
He has not been seen in public for at least two weeks.
The government had scheduled a news conference Wednesday afternoon, but it was cancelled without explanation.
Nega said the government has been functioning normally during the prime minister’s absence.
The parliament passed the prime minister’s budget on Monday.
Nega said if anything happens to the prime minister, the parliament will choose a new leader after the ruling party presents its candidate.
All but one of the members of Ethiopia’s Parliament are part of the ruling party TPLF.