Gedab News: Berhane Becomes the First Casualty of the Jeddah Agreement
This morning, former minister Berhane Abrehe, who authored two books and publicly challenged Isaias Afwerki, warning him to avoid signing any national agreements before consulting the Eritrean parliament, was arrested in Asmara. His wife has been in jail for over a year.
The arrest was expected since many observers thought it was imminent. His arrest was timed with the arrival of Isaias from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, after signing a yet-unknown agreement with the Ethiopian prime minister.
The signing ceremony was concluded under the auspices of King Salman Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia.
Over the last three weeks, while many Eritreans hoped Berhane’s move would galvanize Eritreans, others saw it as a futile grandstanding in the face of Isaias’ expected wrath.
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