List of heads of state of Eritrea

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President of the
State of Eritrea
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Presidential Standard
Isaias Afewerki.jpg
Isaias Afwerki

since 24 May 1993
StyleHis Excellency
ResidencePresident's Office, Asmara
Inaugural holderIsaias Afwerki
Formation24 May 1993
Salary6,000 USD annually[1]

This is a list of heads of state of Eritrea. Since the establishment of the office of President in 1993, the office has been held by Isaias Afewerki. The President is the head of state and head of government of Eritrea, as well as commander-in-chief of the Eritrean Defence Forces.

The list also includes Secretary-General of the Provisional Government, who acted as head of state of Eritrea between 1991 and 1993, before the proclamation of independence.


No. Portrait Name
Elected Term of office Political party
Took office Left office Time in office
Flag of the EPLF.svgProvisional Government of Eritrea (1991–1993) •
1 Isaias Afwerki in 2002.jpg Isaias Afwerki
(born 1946)
27 April 1991 24 May 1993 2 years, 27 days EPLF
Flag of Eritrea.svgState of Eritrea (1993–present) • Emblem of Eritrea (sinople argent naturel azur).svg
1 Isaias Afewerki.jpg Isaias Afwerki
(born 1946)[a]
24 May 1993 Incumbent 27 years, 349 days PFDJ


  1. ^ Also Chairman of the National Assembly.


  1. ^ Today, Latest Africa News, Headlines & Top Stories (5 November 2018). "African Leaders With The Lowest Salaries". Archived from the original on 22 March 2019.

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