Regions of Eritrea
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The regions of Eritrea are the primary geographical divisions through which Eritrea is administered. Six in total, they include the Maekel/Central, Anseba, Gash-Barka, Debub/Southern, Northern Red Sea and Southern Red Sea regions.
At the time of independence in 1993 Eritrea was arranged into ten provinces. These provinces were similar to the nine provinces operating during the colonial period. In 1996, these were consolidated into six regions (zobas). The boundaries of these new regions are based on catchment basins.
Critics of this policy contend that the Government of Eritrea was erasing the historical fabric of Eritrea while proponents believe that these new Regional boundaries would ease historical land disputes. Furthermore proponents of this policy argue that basing boundaries on an important natural resource would ease the planning of its use.
Each region has a locally elected regional assembly while the local administrator is appointed by the President of Eritrea. During Cabinet meetings the President also meets with the Regional Administrators who report on the activities of their regions.
The Regional Assemblies are charged with developing a budget for local programs and hearing the concerns of the local populations. Local programs included cultural events, infrastructure such as feeder roads, and to promote afforestation.
|Region||Map number||Population||Capital||Governor||ISO code||Former province|
|1||1,053,254||Asmara||Ramadan Osman Awliyai||ER-MA||Hamasien|
|2||893,587||Keren||Gegrgis Ghirmai||ER-AN||Senhit, Hamasien|
ዞባ ጋሽ ባርካ
|3||1,103,742||Barentu||Fesehaye Haile||ER-GB||Barka, Gash-Setit, Seraye, Hamasien|
|4||1,476,765||Mendefera||Efrem Gebrekristos||ER-DU||Seraye, Akele Guzay, Hamasien|
|Northern Red Sea Region,
Semienawi Keyih Bahri
ዞባ ሰሜናዊ ቀይሕ ባሕሪ
|5||897,454||Massawa||Tsigereda Woldegiorgis||ER-SK||Semhar, Sahel, Akele Guzay, Hamasien|
|Southern Red Sea Region,
Debubawi Keyih Bahri
ዞባ ደቡባዊ ቀይሕ ባሕሪ
|6||398,073||Asseb||Osman Mohammed Omer||ER-DK||Denkalia|
The regions, followed by the sub-region, are:
|No.||Region (ዞባ)||Sub-region (ንኡስ ዞባ)|
|Asmara, Berikh, Ghala-Nefhi, Semienawi Mibraq, Serejaka, Debubawi Mibraq, Semienawi Mi'erab, Debubawi Mi'erab|
|Adi Tekelezan, Asmat, Elabered, Geleb, Hagaz, Halhal, Habero, Keren, Kerkebet, Sel'a|
(ዞባ ጋሽ ባርካ)
|Agordat, Barentu, Dghe, Forto, Gogne, Haykota, Logo-Anseba, Mensura, Mogolo, Molki, Guluj, Shambuko, Tesseney, La'elay Gash|
|Adi Keyh, Adi Quala, Areza, Debarwa, Dekemhare, Mai Ayni, Mai Mne, Mendefera, Segeneiti, Senafe, Tserona|
|5||Northern Red Sea
(ዞባ ሰሜናዊ ቀይሕ ባሕሪ)
|Afabet, Dahlak, Ghel'alo, Foro, Ghinda, Karura, Massawa, Nakfa, She'eb|
|6||Southern Red Sea
(ዞባ ደቡባዊ ቀይሕ ባሕሪ)
|Are'eta, Central Dankalia, Southern Dankalia, Assab|
- "Eritrea to have 6 administrative regions". Eritrea Profile. 1995-05-20.
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