Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Have you seen this Ethiopian prime minister? (By Debra Black )

(Aug 14, 2012, The Star)--It’s a question that is being asked by Ethiopians, local and international media, and making the rounds of blogs and Twitter. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who has led the country since 1991, has gone missing. And his absence has triggered a political game of Where’s Waldo?, with everyone speculating on the missing leader’s location and the state of his health.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (Khartoum August 21, 2011)
His last public international appearance was at the G20 Summit in Mexico in June. At home he was last seen on June 26 at a meeting with Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in the Ethiopian capital, according to media reports.

His absence has fuelled speculation in media reports published by Think Africa Press, the Committee to Protect Journalists, World Politics Review, the Independent, the Guardian and the Washington Post, to name a few.

Rumours about the 57-year-old’s health have circulated since 2009, when he was said to be receiving treatment for an unknown disease. But they have been front and centre since he failed to attend the recent African Union summit in Addis Ababa, a parliamentary debate on the budget earlier this summer and a meeting of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. Read more from the original article Toronto Star »

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