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Djibouti President Wins Re-Election in One-Man Poll


Ismail Omar Guelleh
Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh has won another term as the only candidate in an election held Friday.

Officials Saturday said about 80 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the election, which was boycotted by the opposition. The opposition dismissed that turnout figure as ridiculous.

Opposition leaders refused to put up a candidate to run against Mr. Guelleh, saying the electoral process was neither free nor fair.

On Friday, police fired tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators protesting the election.

Despite being the only candidate, President Guelleh campaigned hard for a second six-year term, vowing to increase development in the county.

Since coming to power, he has turned Djibouti into a key western ally in the war against terror, hosting U.S. troops who are hunting terrorists in East Africa.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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