The Incumbent President of Djibouti’s Ismail Omar Guelleh has won a fourth five-year term as president in an election held on Friday, securing 87 percent of the votes cast, provisional results announced by Interior Minister Hassan Omar on Saturday showed.
Guelleh who also won the last election in 2011 with almost 80 percent of the vote, has being in power since 1999, he has overseen Djibouti’s economic rise as it seeks to position itself as an international port.
Interior Minister Omar said opposition coalition candidate Omar Elmi Khaireh came second, with 7 percent of the vote.
The remainder of the vote was split among three other candidates – Mohamed Daoud Chehem, also a USN coalition candidate, and independents Mohamed Ali Moussa, Hassan Idriss and Abdurahman Djama, Omar said.
The Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) said on Friday the final results must be announced no later than midnight five days after Friday’s poll.