Ethiopia says Meles is ill amid AU Summit absence
By William Davison | July 16, 2012
“There is no serious illness at all. It’s minor only,” Deputy Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said today in an interview in Addis Ababa, the capital. “As any human being, he has to get medication and he’ll be coming back soon.”
The 57-year-old leader wasn’t at the opening of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa yesterday. He also skipped a meeting of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development in the city on July 14 for “health reasons,” Senegalese President Macky Sall was quoted as saying by the Addis Ababa-based Reporter newspaper.
The Ethiopian National Transitional Council, a Dallas, Texas-based opposition group, said in an e-mailed statement yesterday that Meles may have died in a Belgian hospital. The Ethiopian Review, an anti-government website, reported that Meles was in the Saint-Luc University hospital in Brussels.
Géraldine Fontaine, a spokeswoman for the hospital, wasn’t immediately available for comment when called today.
“ENTC on behalf of the Ethiopian people demands that the government has the responsibility to disclose the truth to its citizens,” the council said.
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