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State Television: Ethiopian Leader Dies

Posted August 21st, 2012 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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Ethiopian state television reports Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has died. Mr. Meles had not been seen in public for more than a month because of an undisclosed illness. Prime Minister Meles ruled his country for more than 20 years, after the alliance of rebel groups he led, the EPRDF (Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front) seized […]

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New Reports Say Meles Will Return to Work by September

Posted August 10th, 2012 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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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 […]

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Ethiopia’s PM Meles on ‘Sick Leave’

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Ethiopia says Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is taking “sick leave” but will remain in power while he deals with an unspecified illness. Government spokesman Bereket Simon briefed reporters in Addis Ababa Thursday, following media reports that the Ethiopian leader was critically ill at Saint Luc Hospital in Brussels, Belgium. Bereket specifically denied reports on Ethiopian […]

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Ethiopia’s PM Meles on ‘Sick Leave’

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Ethiopia says Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is taking “sick leave” but will remain in power while he deals with an unspecified illness. Government spokesman Bereket Simon spoke to reporters in Addis Ababa Thursday, following media reports that the Ethiopian leader was critically ill at Saint Luc Hospital in Brussels, Belgium. Bereket specifically denied reports on […]

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Ethiopia’s PM Meles ‘on Sick Leave’

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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The Ethiopian government says Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has been prescribed a “sick leave” by his doctor, and will return to work when he has recuperated. A statement released in Addis Ababa Thursday did not say what is ailing Mr. Meles, where he is, or when he might return. European media reports have said the […]

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Ethiopian PM’s Health Still in Question

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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A founding member of Ethiopia’s ruling party is accusing opposition groups and European media of exaggerating the health problems of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. There have been conflicting reports about the condition of the longtime prime minister, who has not been seen in public for two weeks. In an interview with VOA, Sibhat Nega of […]

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Conflicting Reports on Health of Ethiopian PM

Posted July 18th, 2012 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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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 told VOA the 57-year-old Meles is not […]

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European Media: Ethiopian PM in Critical Condition

Posted July 18th, 2012 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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European media are reporting that Ethiopia’s longtime Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is hospitalized in critical condition, contrary to statements by the government. News reports say the prime minister is hospitalized at Saint Luc Hospital in Brussels. The hospital on Wednesday declined to say if Mr. Meles is there. In interviews with VOA, government officials and […]

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Ethiopia’s Meles Ill, Misses AU Meetings

Posted July 16th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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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. Mr. Meles had been scheduled to chair a meeting of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, or […]

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