Why Eritrea’s Isaias Afwerki, the tactical authoritarian, might be president for life

Veröffentlicht: Dienstag, 10. November 2020 Geschrieben von https://qz.com/africa By Martin Plaut
By Martin Plaut

Senior Research Fellow, Horn of Africa and Southern Africa, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study

There are few leaders as enigmatic as Eritrea’s president, Isaias Afwerki.

In my book, Understanding Eritrea: Inside Africa’s Most Repressive State, I profile the president who led the country as it fought for its freedom from Ethiopia for 30 years, only to then turn on his own people.

Eritrea has been independent since 1993 but has no constitution and no parliament. No budget has ever been published. Elections have never been held and Isaias’s opponents languish in jail.

The president is a brooding, taciturn figure, who has dominated Eritrean politics since the 1970s.

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Debretsion : “We are getting positive response from the people of Eritrea”

Veröffentlicht: Montag, 09. November 2020 Geschrieben von borkena.com

Dimtsi Woyane report published on YouTube channel cited Debretsion as saying that Tigray is getting positive support from Eritrea.

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Debretsion Gebremichael giving press statement about three days ago. (Photo : screenshot from Demtsi Woyane video)

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Eritrea, Tigray and Ethiopia’s brewing civil war

Veröffentlicht: Montag, 09. November 2020 Geschrieben von Al Jazeera

Fears grow fighting between Ethiopia’s federal army and Tigray forces could draw in outside involvement.

By Elias Gebreselassie19 Oct 2020

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been locked in a bitter dispute with the political party that used to dominate the country’s politics for decades, raising questions about his ability to hold Ethiopia together through a fraught political transition.

On October 7, legislators at Ethiopia’s upper house of Parliament – known as the House of Federation (HoF) – voted to withhold budgetary subsidies to the Tigray regional state in the country’s north.

The move by the HoF, which is dominated by allies of Abiy, came two days after Tigray’s regional leaders – and Abiy’s political rivals – decided to recall their representatives at the federal level.

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Conflict in Ethiopia extends the Greater Middle East’s arc of crisis

Veröffentlicht: Sonntag, 08. November 2020 Geschrieben von www.thedailystar.net

Ethiopia, an African darling of the international community, is sliding towards civil war as the coronavirus pandemic hardens ethnic fault lines. The consequences of prolonged hostilities could echo across East Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Fighting between the government of Nobel Peace Prize winning Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Tigrayan nationalists in the north could extend an evolving arc of crisis that stretches from the Azerbaijani-Armenian conflict in the Caucasus, civil wars in Syria and Libya, and mounting tension in the Eastern Mediterranean into the strategic Horn of Africa.

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Ethiopia's Abiy resists diplomatic pressure to halt offensive

Veröffentlicht: Freitag, 06. November 2020 Geschrieben von Reuters

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (CNN)Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed showed no sign on Thursday of halting a military campaign in the Tigray region, despite international pressure to avert civil war with a powerful ethnic faction.

A humanitarian source said shelling and shooting had been heard in the region since the early hours of Thursday, and nearly two dozen soldiers had been treated at a clinic near the border with the Amhara region. The source did not say which side of the conflict the injured troops were drawn from.

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News: Amidst heightened tension between Federal, Tigray region governments Eritrea blames TPLF for impeding regional peace, stability

Veröffentlicht: Mittwoch, 04. November 2020 Geschrieben von addisstandard.com/
From Left: Pres. Isaias Afworki, Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew, PM Abiy Ahmed, Tigray region Pres. Debretsion G/Michael. Picture: PM Office.
There was a breif moment when peace seemed to be within reach.

By Medihane Ekubamichael @Medihane 

Addis Abeba, November 01/2020 – Amidst heightened tensions between the federal and Tigray regional state governments, Eritrea released an official statement yesterday accusing TPLF of obstructing regional peace and stability.

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