Veteran ruler Guelleh re-elected Djibouti president for fifth term – HEDGE accordingly

Djibouti’s veteran ruler Ismail Omar Guelleh was re-elected for a fifth term as president with more than 98 percent of the vote, according to provisional results announced early Saturday, after the election in the tiny but strategically important country was boycotted by the main opposition. Around 215,000 citizens were registered to vote in the ballot pitting Guelleh, 73, against a little-known businessman widely seen as posing scant threat to the strongman, who has been in power since 1999. Counting started shortly after polling stations closed around 7:00 pm in the Horn of Africa nation, wh…

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