Djiboutian opposition party Union for National Salvation (USN) spokesman Daher Ahmed Farah was released from jail on Thursday (April 11th) after he had been sentenced in March to two months in jail without parole. Farah was accused of disrupting public order and of calling for rebellion following the disputed February 2013 parliamentary elections. He was released after his sentence was
Djibouti - The ruling party in the tiny Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti said on Saturday it had won a parliamentary election based on preliminary results, as the opposition denounced what it called widespread fraud during voting. The ruling Union for the Presidential Majority (UMP) party "received 49.39% of the votes against 47.61% for the opposition" in the capital,
Parliamentary polls in the tiny Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti opened peacefully on Friday, residents said, with opposition groups joining forces to challenge the ruling party. This is the first poll since 2003 in which opposition groups have decided to forge a coalition together, taking part as the Union for National Safety (USN). "The voting started early in the
Djibouti - The regime of President Ismael Omar Guelleh, in power in Djibouti since 1999, is up against its most serious threat in a decade at legislative elections on Friday for which opposition forces have united. The tiny Horn of Africa country, with a population of less than one million, occupies a strategic position at the entry to the Red
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta held talks Tuesday with Djibouti President Ismael Omar Guelleh on tackling terrorism during a visit to the Red Sea state, home to the only US army base in Africa. "Djibouti is a central location for continuing the efforts against terrorism," Panetta said in a speech to around 500 US soldiers at the Camp Lemonier military
Perhaps because of its small size, Djibouti has received scant attention in media coverage of the current crisis in the Horn of Africa.
The former French colony, bordered by Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, has a population of only 820,000 people, but also faces significant problems. The fourth consecutive year of drought has led to massive loss
Djibouti - Djibouti's constitutional council on Wednesday validated results of last week's presidential poll which showed that incumbent Ismael Omar Guelleh won 80% of votes in a contest boycotted by the opposition.
The 63-year-old Guelleh faced a single independent candidate, Mohamed Warsama Ragueh, who took 19% in last Friday's elections.
Opposition groups had
Voters in the tiny but strategic Horn of Africa state of Djibouti went to the polls on Friday for an election boycotted by the opposition and predicted to return incumbent President Ismael Omar Guelleh for a third term.
Voting opened at 6:00 am (0300 GMT) for the country's 152,000 eligible voters with results expected by Saturday.
Djibouti - Djibouti went to the polls on Friday with President Ismael Omar Guelleh expected to secure a third term amid an opposition boycott, even after the biggest protests in more than 30 years.
Voters in the tiny but strategically placed Horn of Africa country will have a choice of Guelleh or his lone challenger, former
Djibouti police firing tear gas clashed Friday with demonstrators who turned out in their thousands in an unprecedented protest to demand the departure of President Ismael Omar Guelleh, an AFP reporter said. The protest by opposition supporters had started peacefully at around 2:00 pm (1100 GMT) but the demonstrators then decided to set up camp outside a stadium, vowing to
Authorities used batons and tear gas against thousands of protesters in the tiny nation of Djibouti on Friday, the latest in a series of rallies modeled after demonstrations across Africa and the Middle East, activists said. About 6,000 people turned out at the demonstration, but only about 3,000 remained by the time authorities showed up, according to Democracy International citing
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