Opposition to Eritrea’s President, Issaias Aferworki, is beginning to appear in Eritrea as Muslim influence grows. (PETER BUSOMOKE/AFP/Getty Images)
Opposition to Eritrea’s President, Issaias Aferworki, is beginning to appear in Eritrea as Muslim influence grows.
(PETER BUSOMOKE/AFP/Getty Images)

Coup Attempt Reveals Eritrea’s Instability

January 25, 2013  •  From theTrumpet.com
The short-lived tumult carries deep implications for Iran’s desire to lock down the Middle East.
 

Dissident Eritrean soldiers seized the country’s Ministry of Information on Monday, and briefly took over its state-run television service in an apparent attempt to overthrow the government. Though the attempt ultimately failed, it indicates the instability permeating the small nation, and sheds light on its future direction.

The dissidents—around 200 soldiers backed by tanks—demanded the release of thousands of political prisoners, in a signal of the deepening rift between some elements of the military and the nation’s president, Isaias Afewerki.

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