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Protesters in Djibouti rally to replace President Guelleh

Friday 18 February 2011 | News | Comments: 0

AP reports:

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in the tiny East African nation of Djibouti on Friday to demand that the president step down after two terms, the latest in a series of rallies modeled after political demonstrations across Africa and the Middle East.

You can read the full story here about the protests, which are also being covered by the San Francisco Chronicle and by Bloomberg:

Opposition leaders in Djibouti, the Horn of Africa nation that hosts the only U.S. military base on the continent, said as many as 20,000 people began a protest today in the capital city against President Ismail Guelleh.

“There are many, many people,” Mohamed Daoud Chehem, leader of the Djibouti Party for Development, said in a phone interview from the site of the protest on Nasser Avenue, in downtown Djibouti. “The police are here, but there is no confrontation.”

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