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Djibouti: Incumbent Omar Guelleh reelected for fourth term

Djibouti: Incumbent Omar Guelleh reelected for fourth term

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<p>The incumbent President of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guelleh, has been relected after Friday’s polls which were boycotted by the opposition, <span class="caps">AFP</span> reports.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BREAKING?src=hash">#BREAKING</a> Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh re-elected: PM</p>— <span class="caps">AFP</span> news agency (@AFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/718553945115856896">April 8, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Guelleh would start a fourth term by his reelection, extending his 17-year rule in the small but strategic Red Sea nation.</p> <p>Since Djibouti attained Independence from France in 1977, Guelleh is only the second president the country has had.</p> <p>The opposition expressed displeasure that the president rescinded his earlier pledge not to seek a fourth term and some parties chose to boycott the election.</p> <p>Opposition figures say global political establishments have continually neglected the country’s shaky democratic process because of its strategic location on the Red Sea.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Soirée électorale en famille en compagnie de mon directeur de campagne.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Djibouti?src=hash">#Djibouti</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IOG2016?src=hash">#IOG2016</a> <a href="https://t.co/TVWbsCsqlQ">pic.twitter.com/TVWbsCsqlQ</a></p>— Ismail Omar Guelleh (@IsmailOguelleh) <a href="https://twitter.com/IsmailOguelleh/status/718550305827328000">April 8, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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