Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Zenawi's condition still unknown

(July 31, 08, 2012, Daily Nation)--The fate of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi remained remote on Monday following reports that he was critically ill. Mr Zenawi, 57, is reported to be hospitalised at Saint Luc Hospital in Brussels according to European media. St Luc Hospital is a centre for the treatment of blood or "haematological" cancers. Haematology is the study of blood, blood-forming organs and blood diseases.

The hospital has been tight lipped on the condition of Mr Zenawi. Ethiopian embassy officials in Brussels have refused to comment as well as officials in Addis Ababa who have not disclosed the nature of his illness.

The PM’s wife, Azeb Mesfin, a lawmaker herself, has declined to talk to comment about her husband. Mr Zenawi has not been seen in public for several weeks, fuelling speculation among Ethiopians and the world that something is wrong.

The government had scheduled a news conference Wednesday last week about his fate but it was cancelled without explanation. Questions surfaced about Mr Zenawi’s health when he missed the nineteenth two-day African Union summit on July 15, in Addis Ababa for the first time. The last time he was seen in public was at the G20 meeting in Mexico on June 19, 2012. Mr Zenawi was born on May 8, 1955 at Adwa in northern Ethiopia.

He received elementary education at the Queen of Sheba Junior Secondary School and completed High School in 1972 at General Wingate School in Addis Ababa. He then joined the Medical Faculty of Addis Ababa University where he studied for two years. Mr Meles interrupted his studies in 1974 to join the Tigrai Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF). Read more from Daily Nation »

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