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New Reports Say Meles Will Return to Work by September

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An Ethiopian official says the country's leader, who has not been seen in public for more than a month, is recovering from an illness and will be back at work by September.

His comments on Friday follow a report in the British newspaper The Financial Times on Thursday that Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has been in frequent contact with South Africa's former president to discuss African Union negotiations with Sudan and South Sudan.

Ethiopian government officials have said Meles is on sick leave, but deny previous reports he was being treated in Europe.

Speaking to a radio station in Australia that serves Ethiopian immigrants, Information Minister Bereket Simon said Meles' health is improving and he will be back at work before the Ethiopian new year on September 11.

However the Information Minister had no comment when asked what illness Mr. Meles was suffering from.

Meles' absence from public view and occasional rumors he has died have raised concerns over a possible successor for him. The prime minister has ruled Ethiopia since a 1991 coup.

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by: WELDU from: MEKELE
August 20, 2012 11:48 AM
IT IS VERY NICE TO COME MELES OUR PRIME MINISTER

by: yalew bekele from: A.A
August 19, 2012 4:53 AM
All men are mortal so meles is mortal but the differnce is he will leave undying legacy behined him. wether we like it or not his legacy is an already made history for the future ganeration to judge. TIME WILL TELL.
Personnally i pray for him so that he may have some quality time of his own, which he never had before, after retirment to enjoy life with his family,children and beloved ones

Yalew B

by: Viva Meles from: Italy
August 16, 2012 6:02 PM
Those who don't want PM Meles comeback are ex members of the brutal marxist military regime which shed bloods on Ethiopian streets. Otherwise they are exteremest EPLF propagandists (not Eritrean masses really) or Somalia's exteremests who were humiliated by the famous Ethio-Eritrean border war or Ethiopia's support Somalia's Transitional Govt.

The former organized themselves into a hastly formed coalation know as Kinijit and managed to win 1/3 of votes but they wanted to destroy a Government which pardoned and invted them to the 2005 elections.

In stead of working for a +50% vote in the next election, they opted for a city coup through backward riots and wanted to repeat the 'white terror' and 'red terror' of their old era!!!


by: Abreha
August 15, 2012 8:08 AM
Almost no one wants him to come back and I hope he does not. The dictator already ruled for more than 20 years...enough is enough.

by: Sultan from: Ethiopian
August 12, 2012 4:57 AM
Nice,We need p.meles to come buck b/c we ethiopian muslim now in problem due to gvo't interfrence.I hope p.meles will change his idea about muslim THOSE CRYING FOR THEIR RELIGOUS RIGHT.

by: Doni
August 12, 2012 2:07 AM

Meles Zenawi has not ruled Ethiopia because of a coup in 1991. It was a decade long, full on, armed fight against the Derg regime.

I don't want to judge on the goods and bads, but VOA should know better that 'coup' is NOT the word to describe the events.

by: kalid from: usa
August 11, 2012 12:45 PM
nice im happy

by: e from: b
August 10, 2012 10:36 PM
coup????? u have the wrong facts, it was not a coup that brought him to power...check that out, it was a 17 year armed struggle

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