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Djibouti Presidential Election Campaign Ends Today

The Djiboutian presidential election winded up today, Wednesday, April 6, 2011, with rallies of thousands of Djiboutians at stadiums. For a country with a population of 650,000, attendance was exceptionally large.  152,000 are registered voters, of whom 92,000 are from the capital city Djibouti. The candidates’ last campaigns were accompanied …

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Eritrea And Its Unusual Embassies: Part 4

Washington DC: In With A Whimper, Out With A Whimper In mid-March 2011, Ghirmai “Santim” Ghebremariam, who became Eritrea’s ambassador to the United States on September 12, 2006, was given ten days to pack up and leave the country.  Ghirmai “Santim” excels in the ruling party’s definition of “ambassador”, which …

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Three Eritreans Brutally Killed In Libya

Gedab News has learned that, last week, three Eritreans were killed brutally by roaming Libyan armed gangs.  The names of the three Eritreans are:  Ahmed Mohamed Ali, Habtes Gebremariam and Gebremeskel Yohannes. According to our source, the three Eritreans were attacked in their residence and beaten to death. We have no additional …

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Eritrean Strongman Isaias Afwerki: Still The Regional Spoiler

The recent North African revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya may have temporarily put a pause on Isaias Afwerki’s preternaturally spoiler role in the region, but the strongman has not entirely curtailed his adventures. In February 2011, Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi accused Eritrea of sending militants from the port …

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UN Monitoring Group Provides Damning Report On Eritrean Regime

Over the last six months, a UN-authorized Somalia Eritrea Monitoring group has been visiting a number of African countries to investigate and gather evidence about the Eritrean regime’s role in funding, arming, and training armed groups in defiance of Security Council resolution 1907.  According to our sources, the Monitoring Group has …

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Isaias Afwerki Suffering From Liver Ailment

Reliable sources from Eritrea tell awate.com’s Gedab News that Eritrean strongman Isaias Afwerki is seriously sick and was in Qatar for medical treatment. The ailment is reported to be liver disease which has manifested itself on his eyes, his face and his stomach.  Isaias Afwerki has lost weight; his stomach …

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Eritrea: A Conference To Groom PFDJ 2.0

On Sunday, January 23 2011, the Young People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (Y-PFDJ), the youth franchise of Eritrea’s ruling and sole legal political entity, convened a conference in Oslo, Norway at the  pricey Radisson Blu hotel.  The conference was addressed by Eritrea’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Tesfamichael Gerahtu. …

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Eritrean Officials Panicked By Egypt’s Popular Uprising

As the people’s rage moves from Tunisia to Egypt and possibly to Yemen, the Eritrean regime is in a state of panic and is trying to engineer a total news blackout in Eritrea. The State media, which is the only legal medium of information dissemination in Eritrea, has maintained total silence …

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Eritrean Airlines: Take Four

Eritrea’s dictator Isaias Afwerki is personally supervising the negotiations to bring in Pakistani Airways to manage Eritrean Airlines.  The agreement envisions a Pakistani management, which includes a General Manager, a Chief Operating Officer and a Financial manager, to take over the administration of Eritrean Airlines. If the negotiations succeed, this …

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Egypt Arrests Nearly 100 Eritrean, Ethiopian Refugees

Close to one hundred Eritreans and Ethiopians were arrested in the last two days in Egypt. Also arrested were about four people of other nationalities. The official Egyptian television, which has yet to provide uncensored coverage of the unrest roiling Egypt, brought the news from Sinai as it showed a …

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Eritrean Islamic Congress Clarifies Position

The Eritrean Islamic Congress (EIC) which is led by Hassen Salman, did not attend the recent meeting of the Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA), the umbrella group for several exiled opposition groups. Since the most prominent item on the agenda of the EDA leadership was the fate of the Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) …

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EPDP (EPDP Wing?) Withdraws Its EDA Membership

EPDP Wing Withdraws Its Membership From The EDA. The Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA) is an umbrella association of 10 Eritrean opposition groups.  On Saturday, January 22, 2011, the EDA commenced its “Central Committee” meeting in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.  An agenda on its meeting was the fate of a member organization, …

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The Next EDA-EPDP Confrontation

In its January 20, 2011 Central Committee meeting, the Eritrean Democratic Alliance (EDA), an umbrella group of exiled Eritrean opposition organizations, will decide on the status of  the Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), one of its member groups, vis-à-vis the latter’s  October 31, 2010 decision to expel a number of its members, …

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Eritrea: Musicians Denied Entry Visa to Australia

In an attempt to maintain the support of Diaspora Eritreans, the Eritrean regime holds yearly festivals in different parts of the world. The festivals are held under the pretext of “national defense” and development campaigns. Usually, Diaspora Eritreans who have affairs and need to travel to Eritrea are blackmailed to …

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Eritrean Refugees: Kidnapped, Tortured In Egyptian Sinai

In this regard, the Eritrean Ambassador confirmed that any person who is a fugitive from his country does not enjoy any rights. He pointed out that this is not only in Egypt but also in any country in the world in order to protect its borders. He added: “We understand very well that the Sinai border area is sensitive for Egypt, given the existence of Israel.”

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Djibouti Protests Yemen Media’s Gulf Cup Politics

This year, the Gulf Cup is being hosted by Yemen and the games are played in Aden. Given the political relationship of Yemen to the Gulf nations, no head of state was willing to attend the opening ceremony.  To avoid this public embarrassment, Yemeni president Ali Abdella Saleh went calling on …

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Eritrea And Its Unusual Embassies: Part 3

Four years ago, the United States imposed travel restrictions on Eritrean diplomats and consular staff in retaliation for the Eritrean government’s restriction on the movement of American consulate staff in Eritrea, and the opening and inspection of diplomatic pouches.  The Eritrean embassy staff were restricted to remain within a 25 …

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Formal Split: EPDP Wing Reorganizes Itself

 November 23, 2010: In a meeting held today, an Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) wing reorganized itself and elected an eleven-members executive body. Dr. Tesfai Sebhatu was elected as chairman and Haj Abdenur as vice chairman. The Eritrean People’s Movement (EPM), the Eritrean People’s Party (EPP) and the Eritrean Democratic Party (EDP)  had formed …

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Turmoil In EPDP

Less than a year after it was formed, the Eritrean People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), which was formed on January 1, 2010 by the merger of three political groups, has expelled the members of one of the parties and is undergoing an organizational crisis. The move was triggered by a fissure …

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Eritrea And Its Unusual Embassies: Part 2

Over fifty ambassadors, consuls and embassy workers are roaming the streets of Eritrea, frozen—a term used to describe party members who receive pay but have no responsibilities. The Eritrean regime prefers to have the families of diplomats appointed abroad to stay inside Eritrea as a collateral against diplomats abandoning their …

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