Holding blessed Christian crosses, senior religious leaders in black and red garments, from north African country Eritrea (Punt, "Ta Netjeru," meaning god's land), at the 20th year anniversary of Eritrea's independence, Volunteer Park, Seattle, Washington
"In May 2008 Afewerki announced that elections would be postponed for "three or four decades" or longer because they "polarize society." Also in 1998 a border conflict with neighbouring Ethiopia spiralled into a full-blown war; Afwerki turned down several offers of a peaceful settlement.
All forms of media are currently controlled by the government. Eritrea is the only African country to have no privately-owned news media. In 2009, Reporters Without Borders ranked Eritrea at the very bottom of its country-by-country Press Freedom Index, behind North Korea."
"8. Isayas Afewerki
In power since: 1991
Last year's rank: 10