Ismail Omar Guelleh has been re-elected as the President of Djibouti for the fifth term as he garnered 98% of the total votes cast in the just ended elections.
The elections attracted a total of 215,000 registered voters with the veteran ruler aged 73 fighting it out with one businessman who posed no threat to the man who has been in power for over 30 years.
The election body in Djibouti begun the counting exercise on Friday evening with the official results set to be announced anytime soon as confirmed by the countries Interior Minister.
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International observers working during the elections confirmed that it was free and fair and lacked nay hostility among citizens divided by who to vote.
Regardless of the news, President Ismail Omar’s challenger Zakaria Ismail Farah cited lack of transparency as he claimed his agents were denied the rights to supervise the elections.
Farah’s agenda for the country was to uplift the lives of poor citizens in a country that also battles unemployment that stands at 26% according to World Bank records.
The just concluded elections will however be the last one for President Ismail who will be locked out in the next one by the country’s constitution that has set 75 years as the maximum age limit for candidates.
Since coming in power, Ismail Omar Guelleh has ruled the country with an an iron fist silencing opposition as he developed the country into a business hub given its strategic position in Africa.