73-Year-Old Djibouti President Set to Clinch Fifth Term

Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh arrives for the extraordinary session of the African Union’s Assembly of Heads of State and Government on the case of African Relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC), in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, October 12, 2013. Africa has agreed that sitting heads of state should not be tried by the International Criminal Court where Kenya’s leaders are in the dock, ministers said before African leaders opened a summit on Saturday. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri (ETHIOPIA – Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) – RTX148P7

Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh is expected to extend his over two-decade rule of the French and Arabic-speaking country as the nation heads to the polls Friday.

Ismail Omar Guelleh 73, is challenged by a 53 year old relatively “unpopular” candidate; Zakaria Ismail Farah after the dominant rival parties decided to boycott the election.

Djibouti has over the years enjoyed the strategic location on the coast with huge investments in ports and logistics infrastructure.

Guelleh’s predicted fifth term will be his last, under a 2010 constitutional reform which scrapped term limits while also introducing an age limit of 75 which would lock him out of future elections.

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