18 February 2013

Djibouti: Sixty Observers for Legislative Elections

Photo: Rick Bajornas/United Nations
Current president Ismail Omar Guelleh (file photo).

Djibouti's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that a total of sixty observers will be monitoring Djibouti's legislative elections on Friday this week (February 22nd). The observers will be drawn from the African Union (AU), the Arab League, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The Observer Mission of the African Union will number 40 and it will be headed by the former Prime Minister of Mali, Cissé Mariam Sidibe Kaidama. Among the participants will be members of the Pan African Parliament and Ambassadors of AU member states as well as members of the electoral commissions of various countries and representatives of civil society organizations. The Arab League is sending ten observers headed by Deputy Secretary General, Samir Al Qusaïr; the Organization of .Islamic Conference will send five observers and IGAD's five representatives will come from Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya and Somalia.

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