21 February 2013

Djibouti: International Election Observers Arrive in Djibouti

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

Djiboutian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mahmoud Ali Youssouf received 60 international observers tasked with overseeing Friday's parliamentary elections, Djibouti's La Nation reported Wednesday (February 20th).

Observers include delegates from the African Union, the Arab League, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation, the International Organisation of the Francophonie, the United Nations and the European Union.

Youssouf said the government is committed to respecting the democratic process according to the ideals put forth in the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance and other treaties.

Former Malian Prime Minister Cissé Mariam Kaïdama Sidibé, who leads the AU contingent, said the Djiboutian government's willingness to allow international observers to monitor the election process demonstrated its commitment to democracy.

"It is necessary that the Djiboutian people benefit from political stability, that all citizens can participate and elect the citizen of their choice -- if this opportunity is available, it is already a large step," she said.

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