Isaias Afwerki


Isaias Afwerki
Isaias Afwerki photographed February 2021.jpg
President Isaias Afwerki in 2021
President of Eritrea
Assumed office
19 May 1993
Preceded byPosition established
President of the National Assembly
Assumed office
24 May 1993
Preceded byPosition established
Chairman of the People's Front for Democracy and Justice
Assumed office
24 May 1990
Preceded byPosition established
Secretary-General of the Provisional Government of Eritrea
In office
9 June 1991 – 24 May 1993
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Leader of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front
In office
12 January 1987 – 15 June 1994
Preceded byRomodan Mohammed Nur
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Born (1946-02-02) 2 February 1946 (age 75)
Asmara, Eritrea
Political partyPeople's Front for Democracy and Justice
Spouse(s)Saba Haile
Children3 (Abraham Afwerki, Elsa Afwerki, Berhane Afwerki)
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Isaias Afwerki (Tigrinya: ኢሳይያስ ኣፍወርቂ [isajas afwɐrkʼi];[1] born 2 February 1946) is an Eritrean politician who has been the first and current President of Eritrea since the country's independence in 1993. He led the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF) to victory in May 1991, ending the 30-year-old war for independence.

Isaias is the leader of Eritrea's sole legal political party, the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ). He has been cited for human rights violations by the United Nations and Amnesty International. Reporters Without Borders ranked Eritrea, under the government of Afwerki, last in its Press Freedom Index from 2007 until 2016.

  1. ^ "President: Isaias Afwerki". BBC News. The BBC. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2018.

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