News / Africa

New Reports Say Meles Will Return to Work by September

VOA News
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.

You May Like

Video Miami Cubans Divided on New US Policy

While older, more conservative Cuban Americans have promoted anti-Castro political movement for years, younger generations say economically, it is time for change More

2014 Sees Dramatic Uptick in Boko Haram Abductions

Militants suspected in latest mass kidnapping of over 100 people in Gumsuri, Nigeria on Sunday More

Video Cuba Deal Is Major Victory for Pope

Role of Francis hailed throughout US, Latin America - though some Cuban-American Catholics have mixed feelings More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
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

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacksi
X
December 19, 2014 12:45 AM
The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid