President Isaias Afwerki appears on state TV shattering opposition claims of his death
April 28, 2012 (ASMARA) — President Isaias Afwerki appeared on state TV today, ending a weeklong rumor by Eritrean opposition websites that the 66-year-old former guerrilla fighter had passed away.
In an interview conducted with ERI-TV, President Isaias said, “I am lucky; I enjoy robust health. The speculated ill-health is only in the minds of the authors of such a baseless rumor.”
Emphasizing the rumors of his death were part of a coordinated effort to destabilize Eritrea by interest seeking groups, the president reminded Eritrean citizens to remain skeptical and not fall prey to websites that continue to spread misinformation.
Long dismissed by the Eritrean diaspora as being the mouthpieces of Zenawi's administration, a few Eritrean opposition websites had gained the attention of western media of late, despite their creditably being called into question.
With the appearance of the president on national TV, Ethiopian-funded Eritrean opposition websites took another major blow to their creditably, after they falsely reported President Isaias Afwerki had died last Sunday from liver ailments.