President's Out-of-Character Behaviour Making Eritreans Nervous

For two decades, President Isaias Afwerki had demonised Ethiopia, seeing it as an existential threat. He used the supposed Ethiopian menace as a pretext to establish one of the world's most repressive regimes, ban widespread freedoms, and impose indefinite military conscription. Some of the only bits of music to get official approval from Asmara were toxic war songs that reinforced this all-encompassing enmity on which the nation's identity was based, writes Abraham T. Zere for African Arguments.



Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived in Eritrea’s capital and met up with President Afwerki in Asmara.

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