A report issued by Ethiopia’s government spokesman revealed that the country’s Prime Minister is in stable condition. Meles Zenawi considered by many as a key regional strongman in the volatile Horn of Africa has been notably missing out from the public domain over what the report now reveals to be as a result of health problem.
Earlier on this week, news went round citing that the Prime Minister was in serious critical condition needing urgent medical intervention. However, this was refuted by the Government’s Spokesman in the latest report which clarified that Meles Zenawi is indeed in stable condition and currently under medical treatment. Speaking to journalists, Bareket Simon said, “He has been given the necessary medical treatment by his doctors, and at this point his health condition is very good and stable. The issue of stepping down has not been raised.” Given the nature of his health, the President is expected to take a break from active activities to recuperate. “Doctors have advised him to take a certain leave of absence so that he could have rapid recuperation and recovery” added the Government Spokesman.
When asked on how long the leave was expected to last, the Spokesman said that he wasn’t aware and maintained that the situation will be best explained by the medical doctors who are currently taking care of his health and making sure that he recovers quickly to resume back to serve his people. “We do expect to have him back in a matter of days,” said the Spokesman. It has been noted that the 57-year-old Premier hasn’t been in the public limelight since early June, consequently missing out on the African Union Summit recently hosted in his capital. This prompted speculation across the public and the social media platforms over the state of his health condition.
The current A.U Chairman, Thomas Boni Yayi spoke at the opening of the Summit terming his absence as ‘very unusual’. The Benin President acknowledged Meles Zenawi for his dynamic leadership traits and offering quality leadership in the meetings.
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