Ethiopia cancels press conference on Meles Zenawi's health

Ethiopia cancels press conference on Meles Zenawi's health

July 18, 2012 — The Ethiopian government cancelled a scheduled news conference on Meles Zenawi's ailing health today, raising further speculations that the regime is in no mood to admit the 57-year-old prime minister is gravely ill.

Voice of America's David Arnold first reported the government would give a news conference on the premier's health yesterday, however, our sources in the capital confirmed it has been cancelled.

Meles, who has battled substance abuse his adult life, has not been publicly seen in weeks. Last Monday, his handpicked deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Hailemariam Desalegne, confirmed that Meles is in poor health, but declined to give specifics.

Just now, Capital FM, a Kenyan-based news agency has reported through its Twitter account that Meles is in a 'critical' state in Brussels. No further details were given and their claim has not be independently verified.