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Djibouti’s president Omar Guelleh re-elected for fifth term

– – Djibouti’s President Ismael Omar Guelleh’s tenure in office has been renewed by voters in Friday’s presidential election. The 73-year-old leader, one of Africa’s longest serving leaders secured a fifth term and will now extend his 21-year-long rule. He first took over from his uncle, Hassan Gouled Aptidon, who led the country to independence from France in 1977. Guelleh’s only main challenger in the election was Zakaria Ismail Farah, a relatively new politician after the main opposition boycotted the polls. The veteran leader secured 98 percent of the vote,…

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Africa East Africa World 

Djibouti: Voting gets underway in presidential election

– – Voters in Djibouti are choosing a new president in a poll that could extend President Ismael Omar Guelleh’s tenure in office. The 73-year-old leader, one of Africa’s longest serving leaders is tipped to win a fifth term and extend his 21-year-long rule in Friday’s votes. He took over from his uncle, Hassan Gouled Aptidon, who led the country to independence from France in 1977. Guelleh’s only main challenger is Zakaria Ismail Farah, a relatively new politician. In 2010 Djibouti’s constitution was revised, scrapping presidential term limits with only…

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