Ethiopia: Meles Zenawi condition ‘getting better’

Government official dismisses claims Ethiopian Prime Minister is critically ill.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi

The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi is in “a good condition and recuperating” according to a government official.

Mr Meles had been the subject of speculation over his health after he was reported to have been admitted to hospital in July. This followed a failure to appear at at African Union summit in Addis Ababa earlier in the month and led some observers to suggest his condition could be critical.

However, Mr Meles’s spokesman, Bereket Simon, has said that the Prime Minister is getting better, although he declined to say where Mr Meles was recuperating or what he has been suffering from. Some reports, however, said that Mr Meles was being treated in a Belgian hospital after suffering from a stomach condition.

The Ethiopian government had originally said that Mr Meles had been on holiday, although it now appears that this was not the case.

Mr Meles has been Ethiopia’s leader for over 20 years, since his rebel movement took control of the country after overthrowing the communist former government in 1991.

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