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Eritrea: Why Discontent Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Change

Posted by Ethio Tribune on March 22, 2013

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Recent events in Eritrea have so far shown two things: 1) Discontent is rising. 2) Afewerki can handle it.

Ali Abdu Ahmed, Eritrea’s former information minister, has not been seen in Eritrea since his trip to Europe in September 2012. This has generated rumours that he has defected from President Isaias Afewerki’s regime and is seeking asylum abroad.

Along with other recent events in the secretive Red Sea state, Abdu’s absence suggests that while Afewerki’s iron grip on control is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain, it perhaps stops short of heralding the Eritrean leader’s downfall.

Here, there and everywhere

On 17 November 2012, Assenna, a Canadian-based opposition Eritrean website, declared that Information Minister Ali Abdu had sought asylum in Canada, fuelling speculation regarding the man once considered to be a possible successor to Afewerki. On 27 November 2012, however, Madote, a pro-regime website, claimed that Abdu had returned to Eritrea’s capital of Asmara, and criticised Assenna for rumour-mongering. Nonetheless, Abdu was not publicly spotted in Asmara that day, nor has he been any day since.

Along with his prolonged absence, rumours of Abdu’s defection have been supported by related developments. Abdu’s father, brother, and daughter were reportedly arrested in late December 2012, an action ostensibly tied to Abdu’s disappearance. In addition, Daniel Kiflom, a former director at Eritrean Television, who is reportedly close to Abdu, defected to the UK in December. Abdu also has significant ties abroad – his wife has reportedly lived in Canada for several years while his brother runs an opposition website in the US…click here to read full story

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