Guelleh opts for landslide

Africa Confidential Vol 57 No 8 | 15 April 2016
President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh won with a disputed 87% of the vote in the 8 April presidential poll. The leader of the opposition Union pour le salut national, Omar Elmi Khaireh, came second with 7%. USN Secretary General Abdourahman Mohamed Guelleh was gaoled without explanation in December and released only days before the polls. President Guelleh has changed the constitution twice to enable him to stand for more than two terms. He now begins his fourth. Only he and his uncle, Hassan Gouled Aptidon, have ruled the enclave since Independence in 1977.
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