Djibouti President Guelleh Wins 'Sham' Election

Djibouti President Ismael Omar Guelleh has been re-elected for a fifth term after winning more than 98 percent of the vote in Friday's elections, which were boycotted by the main opposition. The 73-year-old veteran leader is the second president of Djibouti since it gained independence from France in 1977.

Before the election, exiled opposition politician Daher Ahmed Farah, who has been arrested several times, described the polls as a move by Guelleh for electing himself. "Nothing will change after this, it's illegitimate, it's a sham," Farah told Radio France Internationale. 

Djibouti is at the gateway to the strategically important Red Sea and hosts several international military bases, including a French presence of some 1,500 troops and fighter jets.


President of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh in 2019.

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