Ethiopia denies reports of PM`s grave illness

Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 23:19

Addis Ababa: A government spokesman says Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is in "very good health" and will return to office in a few days.

The statement on Thursday follows reports that the longtime ruler is in life-threatening condition in a Belgian hospital.

Bereket Simon, the country`s communications minister, says Meles is following his doctor`s advice to rest after suffering from exhaustion that Bereket said was a result of long years of service without a break.

The spokesman declined to provide more details on what the prime minister suffers from or how long he has sought treatment. He did say the medical condition was "a recent phenomenon”.

Meles has ruled Ethiopia since 1991.


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First Published: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 23:19

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