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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