News / Africa

    Conflicting Reports on Health of Ethiopian PM

    A view taken on July 16, 2012 shows the entrance of the Clinique Saint-Luc in Brussels.
    A view taken on July 16, 2012 shows the entrance of the Clinique Saint-Luc in Brussels.
    VOA News
    There are conflicting reports about the health of Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who is reported to be hospitalized in Brussels.

    European media Wednesday said the long-time prime minister is in critical condition, but the hospital declined to confirm the reports or to acknowledge his presence.

    Government officials said the 57-year-old Meles is not well, but they denied reports he is critically ill.

    An official with the Ethiopian Embassy in Kenya, Shawel Eseha, said Meles is "a little bit sick" and "exhausted," but he added that the prime minister will be back at work soon.

    He has not been seen in public for at least two weeks.

    Rumors of a serious illness have been circulating in Addis Ababa and elsewhere on the continent since Mr. Meles failed to appear at an African Union summit in the capital last week.

    You May Like

    Native Americans Ask: What About Our Water Supply?

    They say they have been facing a dangerous water contaminant for decades - uranium – but the problem has received far less attention than water contamination by lead in Flint, Michigan

    Pakistan's President Urges Nation Not to Celebrate Valentine's Day

    Mamnoon Hussain criticizes Valentine's Day, which falls on Sunday this year, as a Western import that threatens to undermine the Islamic values of Pakistan

    Mother of IS Supporter: Son Was Peaceful, 'Role Model'

    Somali-American Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State militants

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: Nigussie Guchale from: Amhara,N.shoa
    August 04, 2012 12:13 PM
    I wish long live to PM Meles Zenawi.God bless him.

    by: Rodygirl70 from: Los Angeles
    July 20, 2012 12:28 AM
    Interesting that Mr. Zelawi was upgraded from dead on 7/14/2012 to critically ill, yesterday to a little bit sick today.
    In Response

    by: Anonymous
    July 20, 2012 1:51 PM
    The worst thing that Legesse alias Melese did to Ethiopia is that he made the country land locked This is his most unforgivablr crime I wonder why people do not talk about it Never forget Eritrea

    by: The Scarelt Pimpernel
    July 19, 2012 6:03 PM
    May be he has just an appendix removed? He actually needs vacation he has been working for 20 years.

    by: Tazabi from: Ethiopia
    July 19, 2012 4:12 AM
    It is sad to see people wish a sick person the worst. That isn't human at all. remember what goes around comes around.
    In Response

    by: asfaha from: Nairobi
    July 21, 2012 9:56 AM
    As a christian and as a human being it is true that wishing GOOD to any one is the best gift.......... because we live a life that is acceptable in every ones mind........... to me as a person I wish to Prime Meles zenawi a quick recovery and all the best .......... because every one who is a leader or who is going to be a leader must not forget what he is going to execute on his time............. all of us will do the same.......... when we get in to power........... look back the former leaders, emperors, kings what they did ......... and also look in the history books... read the Holy Bible........ mistakes always follows those who is on duty.......... but all those back bitters and false finders wouldnt do that because they have never been there..... they have never tested it but from far they have what they want to say.......... all are waiting their time to do the same mistakes but he who sit on His throne never been made any mistake and will not do even fore ever........... HIS NAME IS JEHOVA GOD.......... He forgive and forgets...........

    by: ene from: New York
    July 18, 2012 1:39 PM
    It is funny how everyone is trying to spin the story! What is clear is that Meles is sick and it is not minor. The ruling party and its supporters are extremely concerned because without the cunning Meles, the hegemony of the ruling elite can not continue.
    What makes the timing even more interesting is that Ethiopia is currently being rocked by a nation-wide Muslim protest with the potential to create chaos. We are on the verge of change and I hope the change will be for the good of all.
    In Response

    by: Argonbecan
    July 18, 2012 3:09 PM
    I agree, "the unreal is more powerful than the real, because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it, because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs,fantasies that last. Stone crumbles, woods rot people , well they die. But things as fragile as thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on" I found it fits the situations told by Chuck Palahniux

    by: Mohamednur Ali
    July 18, 2012 1:39 PM
    There is a bigining and there is an end .Like all other tings Meles' end is just around the corner so is his devisive ,brutal ,sinister,discreminatoryand dictatorial rule.
    God save this country! God bless this beautiful Ethiopia!!!!!!!!
    In Response

    by: goshou chala from: Ethiopia
    July 23, 2012 10:20 AM
    the danger is not the illness of the PM., the real danger facing Ethiopia at the moment is the religious conflict that was brought
    to the country by foreign elements. Ethiopia is the only country that has no religious differences. There are TWO religions - Moslims & Christians. Now with this government, we hear of different ones.God save this country from these evil individuals
    that are serving foreigners - Shi-aa and the rest
    In Response

    by: nure from: Germany
    July 18, 2012 5:46 PM
    One thing I understand from the interview and the international media is that I guess PM Meles died and they try to act as if nothing has happend to get time to do their home work befor things get out of controle!!

    By the Numbers

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Two-thirds of World Faces Water Shortagei
    X
    February 12, 2016 7:31 PM
    Four billion people — or two out of every three on the planet — do not have enough water to meet their basic needs. That is far greater than previously thought, according to a new study that presents a more accurate picture of the problem. As VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports, the findings will help policymakers and the public craft solutions to address the threat.
    Video

    Video Two-thirds of World Faces Water Shortage

    Four billion people — or two out of every three on the planet — do not have enough water to meet their basic needs. That is far greater than previously thought, according to a new study that presents a more accurate picture of the problem. As VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports, the findings will help policymakers and the public craft solutions to address the threat.
    Video

    Video Gateway to Mecca: Historical Old Jeddah

    Local leader Sami Nawar's family has been in the Old City of Jeddah for hundreds of years and takes us on a tour of this ancient route to Mecca, also believed to be the final resting place of Adam's wife, Eve.
    Video

    Video New Technology Aims to Bring Election Transparency to Uganda

    A team of recent graduates from Uganda’s Makerere University has created a mobile application designed to help monitor elections and expose possible rigging. The developers say the app, called E-Poll, will make Uganda's democratic process fairer. From Kampala, VOA's Serginho Roosblad reports.
    Video

    Video As Refugees Perish, Greek Graveyards Fill

    Aid workers on the Greek island of Lesbos say they are struggling to bury the increasing number of bodies of refugees that have been recovered or washed up ashore in recent months.  The graveyards are all full, they say, yet as tens of thousands of people clamor to get out of Syria, it is clear refugees will still be coming in record numbers. For VOA, Hamada Elrasam reports from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video Russia Bristles at NATO Expansion in E. Europe

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is meeting Friday with the head of NATO after the Western military alliance and the United States announced plans for the biggest military build-up in Europe since the Cold War. Russia has called NATO's moves a threat to stability in Europe. But NATO says the troop rotations and equipment are aimed at reassuring allies concerned about Russia as VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video To Fight Zika, Scientists Target Mosquitoes

    Mosquitoes strike again. The Zika virus outbreak is just the latest headline-grabbing epidemic carried by these biting pests, but researchers are fighting back with new ways to control them. VOA's Steve Baragona takes a look.
    Video

    Video Mosul Refugees Talk About Life Under IS

    A top U.S. intelligence official told Congress this week that a planned Iraqi-led operation to re-take the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants is unlikely to take place this year. IS took over the city in June 2014, and for the past year and a half, Mosul residents have been held captive under its rule. VOA's Zana Omar talked to some families who managed to escape. Bronwyn Benito narrates his report.
    Video

    Video Scientists Make Progress Toward Better Diabetes Treatment, Cure

    Scientists at two of the top U.S. universities say they have made significant advances in their quest to find a more efficient treatment for diabetes and eventually a cure. According to the International Diabetes Federation, the disease affects more than 370 million people worldwide. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video NATO to Target Migrant Smugglers

    NATO has announced plans to send warships to the Aegean Sea to target migrant smugglers in the alliance's most direct intervention so far since a wave of people began trying to reach European shores.
    Video

    Video Russia's Catholics, Orthodox Hopeful on Historic Pope-Patriarch Meeting

    Russia's Catholic minority has welcomed an historic first meeting Friday in Cuba between the Pope and the Patriarch of Russia's dominant Orthodox Church. The Orthodox Church split with Rome in 1054 and analysts say politics, both church and state, have been driving the relationship in the centuries since. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video Used Books Get a New Life on the Streets of Lagos

    Used booksellers are importing books from abroad and selling them on the streets of Africa's largest city. What‘s popular with readers may surprise you. Chris Stein reports from Lagos.
    Video

    Video After NH Primaries All Eyes on South Carolina

    After Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, US presidential candidates swiftly turned to the next election coming up in South Carolina. The so-called “first-in-the-South” poll may help further narrow down the field of candidates. Zlatica Hoke reports.
    Video

    Video Smartphone Helps Grow Vegetables

    One day, you may be using your smartphone to grow your vegetables. A Taipei-based company has developed a farm cube — a small, enclosed ecosystem designed to grow plants indoors. The environment inside is automatically adjusted by the cube, but it can also be controlled through an app. VOA's Deborah Block has more on the gardening system.
    Video

    Video Exhibit Turns da Vinci’s Drawings Into Real Objects

    In addition to being a successful artist, Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci designed many practical machines, some of which are still in use today, although in different forms. But a number of his projects were never realized — until today. VOA’s George Putic reports.