Addis Fortune reports:
Abdourahman Boreh, Djibouti’s prominent businessman-cum-politician, announced his candidacy for the top political position in the country, last week.
Although Boreh has been contemplating entering politics ever since he went into self-exile in 2009, last week was his first official announcement of his intent to challenge Ismael Omar Guelleh, his former ally, in the presidential election scheduled for April 2011.
It will be Djibouti’s third election since the country embraced a multiparty electoral political system in the 1990s. A former chief of intelligence, the incumbent president won the presidential race to first come to power, in April 1999. However, when he was re-elected in 2005, it was unopposed.
Guelleh was meant to cede power at the end of his second term, for the constitution limited the presidency to two terms.
“It is not in my nature to tear a constitution because it does not suit me,” Guelleh had told Jeune Afrique, a French magazine specialising in African affairs, in 2007, about why he was not interested in changing the constitutional provision to run for the presidency for a third time.
Nonetheless, Djibouti’s Parliament voted in favour of changing this provision in March 2010, paving the way for the incumbent to run more than twice.
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