Key Figures

Chief of State:
President Isaias Afwerki
Head of Government:
President Isaias Afwerki


Government Name:
State of Eritrea
The Constitution of Eritrea was ratified by the Constituent Assembly in 1997, but has yet to be entered into force.
Government Type:
Presidential Republic
State of Eritrea Flag
Coat of Arms of State of Eritrea

Index of Economic Freedom

Grades each country on a scale of 0 to 100, based on ten freedoms, with 100 representing the greatest amount of economic autonomy from government intervention. Source: Heritage Foundation (2018)

Country Risk Rating

The highest-risk political and economic situation and the most difficult business environment. Corporate default is likely. Source: Coface (2018)

Government Branches

Main Powers Election Process Election Cycle 1

The executive branch carries out the country’s domestic and foreign policy. Shaped by parliament, it directs and coordinates the work of government institutions and bears full responsibility for everything occurring within the authority of executive power.

The president is elected by national assembly.

5 years


The judicial branch includes the review of court decisions which have entered into force (a new hearing of a court decision which has entered into force is conducted on the basis of a petition by a participant in the proceedings after new facts relevant to the adjudication of the case become evident) and the correction of court errors in court decisions which have entered into force.

High court judges are appointed by the president.

No term limit


The legislature ratifies significant foreign agreements that impose military and proprietary obligations, brings about changes in law, approves the budget presented by the government as law, and monitors the executive power.

The national assembly has 75 members indirectly elected by ruling party and another 75 members elected by popular vote.

Information not available

Regional Trade Blocs

International Organization Participation [2]

Environmental Agreements [3]

Tax Information [2]

Tax Authority:
Information not available
Tax Name:
Information not available


  1. ElectionGuide
  2. EY,
  3. CIA World Factbook,
  4. U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets