Ethiopian Dictator Meles Zenawi returns to Ethiopia

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi returned from Brussels today

July 22, 2012 — Meles Zenawi returned to Ethiopia today, after being hospitalized in Brussels for an unspecified aliment, according to Tesfalem Waldyes, a Mekele-based reporter and a longtime regime loyalist.

Details of what Meles is suffering from were not reveled and no word was given on when he will officially return to his duties. 

It is likely the escalating Muslim unrest in the capital and fighting among senior TPLF bigwigs may have compelled him to return earlier than recommended.

The 57-year-old primer has not made a public appearance since June 19, 2012 when he attended the G20 meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico. During the event, he appeared visibly gaunt and emaciated, fueling speculation that his health was failing him.  

On Wednesday, several western diplomatic sources disclosed Meles was being treated in Brussels and was in 'critical' condition, prompting Communications Minister Bereket Simon to issue a press conference to dismiss the claims. 

Since Meles' absence, his handpicked Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, has filled in for him and attended a number of key events, including the two-day AU Summit, New Partnership for Africa's Development meeting and a visit to Beijing to attend the fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

Prime Minster of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi
Addis Fortune Newspaper Reports Meles is back in town