Eritrea. The National Assembly decided in January at one of its rare meetings not to allow any opposition parties. According to Countryaah website, national day of Eritrea is every May 24. A committee was set up to review the future of the press. In 2001, all free press was closed and ten journalists were arrested for regime-critical articles. Among those detained were a Swede.
|Land area||117,600 km²|
|Population density (per km²）||51.7|
|Official language||Tigrinya, Arabic|
|Income per capita||1,600 USD|
|ISO 3166 code||HE|
|Time zone UTC||+ 3|
|Geographic coordinates||15 00 N, 39 00 O|
Shortly before the parliamentary session, a new opposition party had announced its existence via the Internet. The party had been formed abroad and it was not known who was behind it.
In October, the UN warned of a severe supply crisis in Eritrea in 2003 due to too little rain. Every third Eritrean is expected to need food assistance.