(Asmara 02/10/2018) members of the Freedom Friday network (Arbi Harnet) in Asmara report that the situation in Eritrea is deteriorating and people are bracing themselves for every eventuality.

Cabinet meeting

These activists say they are hearing rumours of a growing discontent among cabinet members as well as senior party and army officials.

The Cabinet Meeting that was convened last week, only lasted a few hours. Usually it is held over a couple of days. It is reported that President Issaias Afwerki’s briefings regarding the current national and regional developments were met with ‘tough questions’ from several ministers. This created a tense atmosphere and he is said to have walked out of the meeting. The Arbi Harnet activists have heard that at least three ministers have asked permission to resign from their respective posts.

The three ministers who have requested to be relieved of their ministerial responsibilities are believed to be Mr Arefaine Berhe, minister of agriculture, Mr Semere Russom, Minister of education (who was  appointed ambassador to Ethiopia in July) and the Minister of public works, Mr Abraha Asfaha. It should not be forgotten that last month the regime arrested the former minister of finance, following his publication of a two-volume book criticising the regime.

Meanwhile, Eritreans continue to leave the country, taking advantage of the opening of the border with Ethiopia. The health and education sectors are said to be suffering badly, since large numbers of professionals, including young teachers and medical professionals, have left the country in large numbers.

The arrest of ordinary citizens has also continued. As per earlier reports many members of evangelical faith groups who came to Asmara airport to welcome an Ethiopia Televangelist, who took the first flight from Ethiopia, are still in prison.

Similarly, owners of water tankers, who were unable to pay the hefty fines levied during the summer, amounting to millions of Nakfa, remain in jail.



  1. Wowww nice information I like it. All the cabine resing and leav it not working with dictator. There is no support of dictator Eritrean. We will get peaceful soon as possible. The government is destroyed arodey by unity of power .

  2. Why should you get surprised, this decision should not be now, perhaps, too late. if this decision should have been made before money years, Eritrea wouldn’t have been facing these much political, economic and social crunches .

    Eventually, no one would presume innocent from this crime including these three ministers. However, don’t look a solution from outsiders, the remedy is at our hands. Lets cure our country from its illness ever.

  3. I am an Eritrean living in Ethiopia and I was in Asmara a week ago i.e. from October 23 to October 25, 2018. I have feeling very bad as Asmara and Eritrea and its people in large has been totally deteriorating. We shall have to restore Eritrea to its distinctive status. But Issaias shall have to be down. Eritrea is a country of where gross human right violations taking place. This is not the response to this hero people.


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