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    Ethiopia Rejects Rumors, Says PM's Health Improving

    Meles Zenawi speaks to reporters in Cairo, Sept. 17, 2011.
    Meles Zenawi speaks to reporters in Cairo, Sept. 17, 2011.
    VOA News
    A top Ethiopian official says the health of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is "much improved” in recent days, following treatment for an unspecified illness.

    Meles has not been seen in public for more than a month, and opposition websites this week reported the Ethiopian leader is dead.

    In an interview with Ethiopian television late Wednesday, Information Minister Bereket Simon dismissed those rumors as false and said Meles' health is in "good condition." 

    He did not reveal the prime minister’s illness, or where he is being treated, but said Meles has improved since the last time officials briefed reporters, about 12 days ago.

    Media reports last month said Meles was critically ill at Saint Luc Hospital in Brussels, Belgium.

    On Monday, Amsterdam-based Ethiopian Satellite Television said the the prime minister was dead, saying it based the report on information from a Brussels-based think tank, the International Crisis Group. 

    However, the International Crisis Group released a statement saying it has "no direct knowledge" of Meles condition and is not in a position to speculate about it.

    Meles Zenawi is 57 years old and has ruled Ethiopia since taking power in a 1991 coup.

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    by: aman from: BD
    August 05, 2012 7:57 AM
    long live to tigrian and eritrean which are pure ethiopians...derom k aheya ga menor kebad neew!

    by: LEMMA from: SHEWA
    August 04, 2012 7:32 AM
    ETHIOPAIN PEOPLE ARE PRAYING THE END MELESE DECTATOR RULE

    by: DAMESSA from: TOLOBOLO
    August 04, 2012 7:30 AM
    WHERE IS THE DICTATOR
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    by: Tolosa from: Waqjirra
    August 05, 2012 9:46 AM
    He has already gone to hell to meet his friend gaddaffi and Mobuttu....

    by: almu from: AA
    August 03, 2012 6:08 AM
    where is meles zenawi are you sure he didn't die.
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    by: Tatek from: Vancouver, Canada
    August 03, 2012 5:25 PM
    TPLF Communications Minister Bereket Simon was telling us the true colors of the TPLF and their puppet party EPRDF, WHEN HE SAID his party didn't want to make the sickness of his boss a public relations instrument, and rather wanted to keep this a personal matter. But Ethiopians are footing the bill for their highest paid employee, in the name of Meles Zenawi, and by virtue of the fact that they are employers, they have every right to know what ailment the tyrant is suffering from and how long it would take him to get back to work, if applicable. Secrecy is a recipe of corruption and corruption is a way of life under the TPLF ranks and they are telling us what they are made of and I think we need to understand that.

    by: Ras Mitat from: Ethiopia
    August 03, 2012 1:17 AM
    VOA sexing-up article... Meles won decades old civil war, not some shortcut "coup."

    VOA now obsolete.

    by: vittorio from: melbourne
    August 02, 2012 10:05 PM
    this reminds me of another similar situation that happened few months ago in regards to President Isayas Afwerki of Eritrea. Out of his own country, all were talking about his death, only to discover after few days of speculations that he was and still is in great health, with great dismay of the so-called opposition. Although i will not cry is Meles is dead, I am sure the opposition to the Ethiopian government is not going to gain by spreading false information.

    by: Tedla Asfaw
    August 02, 2012 6:14 PM
    Who is paying for Meles Zenawi health "vaccation" ? Ethiopians have the right to know. No doubt the bill most likely will be paid by USAID and American tax payers should ask why such privilage is not given to the 30 millions of Americans who have no health insurance. The cost per day of Meles will save many lives in poor Ethiopia.
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    by: dude123 from: u.s.a
    August 04, 2012 5:30 PM
    Evn if the bill is being paid by USAID and other communities you mentioned a country would fall into chaos if their leader is not properly treated. A country withoout a leader is bound to fall.

    by: me
    August 02, 2012 6:00 PM
    The international media such as VOA, BBC, AFP.....are known for their ability in digging into secrecy and letting the people know it. So, how it comes the case of Meles hidden from the whole world? Where are those 'sniffer' journalists of the west? Are they paid by the Ethiopian government not to report or what is going?

    by: Shergaz from: DC
    August 02, 2012 4:27 PM
    Reckless Opposition Medias started rumor of PM death even before, G20 meeting in Mexico, It is totally unprofessional and irresponsible. Whatever the outcome, there is no short cut to Ethiopian palace, just relax and stop pressuring Ethiopian people and government. Wish PM full health.

    by: enquirer from: DC, Ethiopia
    August 02, 2012 2:51 PM
    C'mon!! VOA ... Don't you feel responsible to find out where and what's happening to the dictator???? .. what is his sickness?? ... Ebola?!? (fingers-crossed) ..... do your job and put my tax money to work!! .... Don't tell me what the Spokesman told you, investigate and find out what's really going on!! ....
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