Djibouti. Visit Countryaah official website to get information about the capital city of Djibouti. 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”.