Asmara — Multiple sources close to the Eritrean President are hinting that the Eritrean government “might hold a presidential elections in 2018”.

According to the sources, President Isaias Afewerki and his cabinet have been following the results of elections around the world with “great interest” and have become emboldened to test their luck at the ballot after witnessing the outcome of elections around the world.

According to one of the sources, President Isaias Afewerki’s newest decision might have been influenced by the “rise of unlikely presidential candidates around the world” despite being too unpopular.

“If someone as unqualified as Trump can get elected, why not a popular leader like Isaias? ” the source queried AwazeTribune’s reporter.

Not So Fast

Yemane Gebreab in his Office
Mr. Yemane Gebreab, PFDJ Political Affairs Officer

One of the closest advisors to the President of Eritrea, Mr. Yemane Gebreab, who also heads the ruling party’s Political Affairs Department, has also confirmed that there’s a talk amongst government’s inner circles of an upcoming election in 2018, but it might be on the terms of the Eritrean government.

Mr. Gebreab, who said that the Eritrean President was ecstatic at the election of Donald Trump, has also confirmed that the President has instructed his cabinet ministers to start preparing the nation to hold its first elections.

” We’re in the process of setting up a system of elections, and identifying possible candidates that will run against the President of Eritrea.” Mr Gebreab said.

Mr. Gebreab has also disclosed that one of the foremost issues that need to be addressed prior to Eritrea’s experimentation with elections will be determining who, among Eritrea’s dispersed population will get to cast a vote, and the problems of finding someone to run against the president since he’s extremely popular.

” We’ve started compiling a list of patriotic Eritreans that reside within the nation and abroad and who can be trusted to cast a vote with the best interests of Eritrea in mind, soon, the list will be distributed to Eritrean missions all over the world.”  Mr. Gebreab  Told the AT.

President Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea, has ruled the east African nation with an iron fist ever since its independence from Ethiopia in 1991 for 26 years, has previously said that Eritrea might hold elections in four or five decades in an interview with AlJazeera.

Though much is being left for speculation at the moment,  Diaspora-based commentators familiar with the affairs of the secretive nation are saying that the Eritrean government has most probably given up to mounting pressure to democratize the Horn of Africa nation as it seeks new partners and attempts to rebrand itself diplomatically.