Eritrea: Parliament’s last meeting
The National Assembly (Hagerawi Baito) of the State of Eritrea has 150 members, 75 members appointed (consisting mostly of representatives elected by the general population, of whom at least 11 must be women, and 15 members representing Eritreans living abroad) and 75 members representing the members of the Central Committee of the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), the sole legal political party of Eritrea. According to the IPU, the National Assembly has 150 indirectly elected members. The National Assembly was composed in February 1992. The meeting place of the National Assembly is located in Asmara. AFP reported that Eritreans have elected 399 representatives in the country’s six regions in a lengthy process that will lead to the formation of a constituent assembly. The regional elections began on 4 January 1997 in some parts of the country and were completed in others by 1 March 1997. Direct elections have never been held; planned elections have been continuously postponed since 2001. The National Assembly has never met since 2002.