Bereket Simon : Meles Zenawi is ‘getting better’ told to BBC

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is in “a good condition and recuperating”, a government spokesman has told the BBC, dismissing reports he is critically ill.

However, Bereket Simon declined to give any details about Mr Meles’ whereabouts or what he is suffering from.

Mr Bereket had earlier been quoted as saying the prime minister, 57, was on holiday.

Speculation began when he missed last month’s African Union summit.

There were reports that Mr Meles was in hospital in Belgium, suffering from a stomach complaint.

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But Mr Bereket was quoted as saying by The Reporter newspaper that opposition forces were trying to “create confusion” by talking about the prime minister’s health.

He told the BBC Focus on Africa programme it was “not useful” to provide more details.

When asked who was in charge while Mr Meles was being treated, he replied: “The status quo is maintained – there is no change and there will be no change in the near future.”


It is believed that Mr Meles’ last public appearance was at the G20 talks in Mexico in June.

He took power as the leader of a rebel movement which ousted the communist government of Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991.

He has won several elections since then, but his political opponents have accused him of using repression to retain power.

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1 comment

tariku August 2, 2012 - 11:13 am

Mr.Bereket Simon, someone must print and give to Pm. Meles Zenawi all the supporting comments he is getting around the world. If he is unable to read, even he is look like unable to hear someone must continue reading those good comments to him and continues to pray also on his bed side. These two can help him more than any medicine in the world for him to recover. Long live pm and his great job and Let God help him to fully recover. I Wishing Ethiopians wine poverty. Wishing, millions of university graduates with quality Education. Then we can build a real democracy which can be example to many countries.


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