Former Eritrean Minister urges President Isaias Afewerki to summon the Eritrean National Assembly promptly and leave the office which he held for 27 years without being elected.
Former Finance Minister Mr. Berhane Abrehe, in a widely shared audio message from Asmara, on September 6, 2018, called the Eritrean president to stop the rushed diplomatic undertakings which lack transparency and are being concluded
Former Finance Minister Mr. Berhane Abrehe, in a widely shared audio message from Asmara, on September 6, 2018, called the Eritrean president to stop the rushed diplomatic undertakings which lack transparency and are being concluded without the National Assembly’s endorsement.
Mr. Abrehe in his address to the president said:
“Since it is your responsibility, you need to call the members of the Eritrean Assembly for a meeting urgently. There are various important issues that need to be taken care of. That is the reason you need to conduct a meeting of National Eritrean Assembly now. You absolutely have no reason to hide.”
In addition, he says:
“The Eritrean National Assembly in its meeting will make important decisions,” which he goes on to sum up in three points, that include voting in a new chair-person and replacing the president in a peaceful, lawful and civilized manner as well as paving the way for immediate national elections.
Likewise, the former Finance Minister invites President Isaias to face him in a televised debate which he proposes to focus on issues related to political, economic, social and cultural aspects of the nation.
Mr. Berhane Abrehe lives in Eritrea. He has been at odds with the president ever since he demanded accountability while he was head of the Ministry of Finance. He has recently published a book outside Eritrea where dissent is punishable with incarceration or even death.
Mr Berhane Abrehe’s courage in challenging the dictatorship in Eritrea is being widely admired by the Eritrean people. His move has even dominated the recent meeting of the three Horn of Africa leaders in Asmara.