Editor’s note: The TPLF/EPRDF camp is reported to have been panicked after the news over eminent loss of Meles Zenawi. EMF is able to confirm that Meles Zenawi is in a coma at St. Luc University hospital in Brussels, contrary to a note posted on the filthy tabloid aigaforum.com. The TPLF media outlets and high ranking officials are trying to confuse the people by denying the fact on the ground. They are doing so in attempt to easy the power struggle between the split groups among the party.
Reliable sources say that Azeb Mefin is back from Belgium yesterday to calm down the growing tensions among the ruling élites and defuse the ongoing rift between two TPLF factions. Azeb was quoted saying, “He is Ok, but he will stay long in Hospital to recover,” Analysts ask how she could come back leaving a man in coma. … Confirming suspicions that he may have died.
Meanwhile, TPLF is amassing it’s military across the Eritrean boarder fearing Eritrea could take the opportunity to invade badme. Eritrea’s army is also reported to be standby along the disputed border area.
Ethiopia Says Meles Is Ill Amid African Union Summit Absence
By William Davison –
July 16 (Bloomberg) — Ethiopia’s government said that Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is ill after he failed to attend an African Union summit, and an opposition group reported he may have died in a European hospital.
“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.
Meles is head of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front and has held power in Ethiopia for more than two decades, after helping lead allied rebel groups to oust Mengistu Haile Mariam’s Marxist military junta in 1991.
The EPRDF and its allies in 2010 won all but two of the 547 seats in parliament in an election the European Union said was “heavily” balanced in favor of the ruling party.
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.