Djibouti. According to
Countryaah official website, Ismail Umar Guelleh, candidate for the ruling
party National Collection for Progress (Rassemblement
Populaire pour le Progrès, RPP), was elected April 9 as new
president of Djibouti. Former president, 83-year-old Hassan
Gouled Aptidon, had decided to step down after holding power
since 1977. Guelleh received 74% of the vote. The turnout
was about 60%.
The opposition within Djibouti's united opposition (the
Opposition Djiboutienne Unifiée, ODU) had agreed on a
candidate, former freedom fighter Musua Ahmad Idriss. After
the election, he accused Guelleh of cheating. In September,
Idriss was arrested and placed under house arrest. The cause
was said to be an article in his political body, the monthly
magazine Temps, which criticized the government's efforts to
curb unrest in the northern part of the country. A relative
of Idriss was killed in connection with the arrest.
Earlier in September, two opposition journalists, Ali
Hehidal Waiss and Daher Ahmad Farah, had been sentenced to
eight and twelve months in prison, among others. for
producing "fake news".