Djibouti Election: President Guelleh Wins 98% in Provisional Results

With the election results coming in from Djibouti on Friday, President Ismael Guelleh received 98,58 percent of votes, according to provisional results, meaning he will enter a fifth term.

Guelleh will extend his two decades in power after winning Friday’s vote.

Guelleh is the second president of Djibouti since independence from France in 1977.

The 73-year-old faced off against his only rival businessman Zakaria Farah, who won less than 5,000 votes.

The final results will soon be given by the Constitutional Council.

Guelleh, and his extended family, have controlled Djibouti with an iron fist since he was handed power. A rare wave of opposition protests in 2020 were brutally suppressed.

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