Guelleh battles in court

Africa Confidential Vol 56 No 22 | 6 November 2015
It started as a legal dispute with a business partner but now the President’s credibility is on trial and his wealth is on open display
It points to the fragility of President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh's position that a mismanaged legal battle with one of his political rivals in London's High Court could undermine his plans to change the constitution again and run for the presidency next April. Among other embarrassing details, the London Court has heard that, although Guelleh's monthly salary is under US$5,000 a month, he was able to buy an apartment for 2.74 million euros ($2.98 mn.) in the 16th arrondissement of Paris in 2001 and invest in an $8 mn. complex of luxury villas at Haramous, Djibouti.
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