General Ogbe Abraha (born 1948) is an Eritrean politician. He joined the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF) in 1972 and, since independence, has held the following positions: member of the Central Council of the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), member of the National Council, Secretary and then Minister of Trade and Industry, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare (beginning in February 1997[1]), Chief of Logistics, Administration and Health in the Ministry of Defence, Chief of Staff of the Eritrean Defence Forces. Abraha was dismissed from his post[2] and stripped of his military rank by the President in February 2000. He was arrested in September 2001 due to his membership of the G-15 group of ministers calling for political reforms. He has been held incommunicado since that time. He was reported to be suffering from asthma.

Ogbe Abraha
1st Minister of Trade & Industry of Eritrea
In office
Succeeded byAli Said Abdella
1st Minister of Labour and Social Welfare of Eritrea
In office
Succeeded byAskalu Menkerios
Personal details
Political partyPFDJ


In 2010, a former prison guard claimed that Ogbe had tried to commit suicide in Eiraeiro prison where he was held, and died from asthma in 2002.[3] As of 2019, Amnesty International considered Ogbe's condition to be unknown.[2]


  1. ^ "President quietly shuffles cabinet", Indian Ocean Newsletter, 29 March 1997 (Horn of Africa Monthly Review, 21 February–28 April 1997).
  2. ^ a b "General Ogbe Abraha". Amnesty International. 27 September 2019. Archived from the original on 2 July 2021. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Six Eritrean political leaders have died in prison: ex-guard". Asmarino. 7 May 2010. Archived from the original on 2 July 2021. Retrieved 3 July 2021.

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