Eritrea president ill health claim a ‘CIA fairytale’

April 23, 2012 12:23 pm


Afeworki seen here with Omar al-Bashir of Sudan/XINHUA
NAIROBI, Apr 23 – Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki is at the “peak of his health” the secretive Red Sea state said on Monday, in a statement aimed to quash rumours the authoritarian leader is sick.

Blaming “demonising campaigns” by the United States spy agency for the rumours, Asmara released a rare statement commenting on the ex-rebel turned president’s health.

“An intensive campaign of rumour purporting that ‘president Isaias is terminally ill, his health is deteriorating,’ has been spread over the last few weeks,” it added.

“The fact that the source of this fairytale is none other than… the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) could not even deceive the naive.”

Opposition websites have claimed the president is suffering from a serious liver illness and has been treated in Qatar.

“Rumours notwithstanding, president Isaias is in robust health, and by all means of medical standard, is at the peak of his health,” the information ministry said in a statement.


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