President Afewerki has ruled Eritrea with an iron fist since 1991, when it gained independence from Ethiopia. The two countries declared recently that they'd made peace after decades of acrimony. But Eritrea remains a closed-off nation.
The UN Security Council has voted to lift sanctions against Eritrea following its thaw in relations with Ethiopia and other Horn of Africa countries.
The high-profile arrests for abuse and corruption come as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed implements reforms. The attorney general also accused intelligence figures of an assassination attempt against the new prime minister.
The sweeping reshuffle has seen women take up key posts including Minister of National Defense. The move is in line with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's reformist agenda, but it has drawn mixed public reaction.
Ethiopia's parliament has voted to appoint a woman to the largely ceremonial position of president. But the country continues to be riven by ethnic conflict even as it's praised for its government reforms.
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