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Ethiopia's Meles Ill, Misses AU Meetings

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, left, with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, Nairobi, March 1, 2012.Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, left, with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, Nairobi, March 1, 2012.
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Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, left, with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, Nairobi, March 1, 2012.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, left, with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, Nairobi, March 1, 2012.
VOA News
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi did not attend scheduled meetings with other African leaders in Addis Ababa on Saturday and Sunday, fueling speculation about his health.

The government confirmed the prime minister was ill but gave no details.

Meles had been scheduled to chair a meeting of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, or NEPAD, on Saturday, and an African Union government leaders’ summit on Sunday. Ethiopia's foreign minister attended in his place.

The foreign minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, told Bloomberg news Monday that Meles was receiving treatment.

“There is no serious illness at all. It's minor only," the agency quoted him as saying. "He said the prime minister would be "back soon" after receiving medication.

Meles, 57, who has ruled Ethiopia since 1991, as not been seen in public for at least two weeks.

Ethiopian state television on Sunday acknowledged the prime minister’s absence from meetings. State TV noted what it called “various media reports” saying the prime minister has been sick - including opposition reports that said Meles was receiving treatment in Belgium.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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by: mitiku tamerat from: omorate
July 28, 2012 8:16 AM
Jesus bless him and his family ,pm.meles zenawi is a brave man,I loved him.I pray every day about his health .I see him soon. GOD BLESS ETHIOPIA.

by: sweet from: aa
July 23, 2012 5:52 AM
I am sorry you are sicked no problem Ethiopia are more doctors.b/c manage Ethiopian example DR/marar gudina.

by: olani from: ethio
July 19, 2012 4:02 AM
Hello my countries fellow.Please dont`t put out Un necessary words from your mouth. Since the life of PMMZ is in the hands God we don`t have to bother about it .But after he suffered or died we can give our feelings in detail by saying thanks to God.

by: solomon from: djibouti
July 17, 2012 9:46 AM
.....Meles is a human being and he will die one day,but no one can extinguish the torch of progress he ignited.simply put, he is the best and successful leader we ever had in our history.I wish and pray we will see him back soon......
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by: Selamawit from: Addis Ababa
July 18, 2012 3:57 AM
Our PM Meles is good .so we pry for him

by: Al from: Addis Ababa
July 16, 2012 1:45 PM
When Ethiopians pray, God listens ....and delivers.... even though, it's 20 yrs long prayer ... :)
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by: ali from: minneapolis
July 18, 2012 5:24 PM
It is about time that this blood sucking animal goes....may god take him off of this earth and settle peace for the ethiopian people. May god never forgive this cruel monster for what he has done to the Oromo people and the land of Oromo people. down with Melles and the likes of him on this planet.
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by: Anonymous
July 18, 2012 9:29 AM
I pray that our Leader be healed in Jesus Name!! May he come back well and strong!! God bless PM Meles and God bless Ethiopia!!
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by: weyni from: addis ababa
July 18, 2012 5:20 AM
Meles zenawi is brave leader for us, b/c at least he paid his life for his land . what is the opposition's contribution? they want blood shed on our land and to take the passion but they can't get ever.
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by: ab from: addis ababa
July 17, 2012 4:14 AM
no his not dead,why do you people hate him dis much the prime minster is a true patriot long live prime minster Meles Zenawi ... bunch off haters!!
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by: Bekele from: ethio
July 16, 2012 10:17 PM
Thanks God's the prayers of Horn African's people just got heard.
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by: ben from: addis ababa
July 16, 2012 9:41 PM
why are they laying why not tell the truth while he is having medical treatment in belgium. and he is dead

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