(Oromedia, 15 July 2012) Meles Zenawi who was expected to attend the NEPAD meeting at AU was unable to be available due to deteriorated health condition.
As the current chairperson of NEPAD, Prime Minister Meles is expected to deliver a report to 27th Summit of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) ahead of the 19th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) to be kicked off in Addis Ababa.
On behalf of Meles, Senegalese President, Macky Sall opened the meeting and he wished Meles to recover soon.
“PM Meles is not attending this meeting with us this afternoon for health reason. We would like to express that we wish him to recover soon to a better health,” President Sall told participants.
Following his disappearance from the public, rumour is growing about Meles’s health condition as no official confirmation was released from government as to whether his health is deteriorated or not.
Specially, Meles has not showed up at the parliament in the last two weeks where he was expected to deliver the already concluded fiscal’ year’s government performance.
Following his absence from the parliament, public remains in dark with the growing speculation of his ailing condition, and the next year’s budget has not been endorsed yet.
The parliament has not been even officially closed for recess despite one week has already gone from the usual schedule.
Meles Zenawi has single-handedly dominated the Ethiopian political scene since coming to power in 1991.