There was a short power blackout at the hotel in Ethiopia where South Korean President Park Geun-hye was staying during her state visit, hotel and South Korean officials said.
The electricity went out around 8:55 p.m. on Thursday and lasted for about 30 seconds to one minute at the Sheraton Addis Hotel in Addis Ababa before the hotel’s generators kicked in to provide backup power, hotel concierge Asheber Belay said.
Asheber said the power supply returned to normal later, though he did not elaborate on what caused the temporary power failure.
South Korean officials also confirmed the power outage, but Park’s security detail declined to say whether Park was at the hotel when the power went off.
Another South Korean official said Park was not apparently at the hotel during the temporary power outage, citing her attendance at a state banquet hosted by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Thursday evening.
The South Korean officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citing policy.
Park flew from Ethiopia to Uganda on Saturday on the second stop of her swing through Africa. (Yonhap)