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    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.
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    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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!!!!!!!!
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    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
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    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!!

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