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Djibouti government tries to block opposition protests

Thursday 3 March 2011 | News | Comments: 0

Reuters reports on attempts to stop protests in Djibouti being held this Friday:

Reuters logoDjibouti has ordered its opposition to postpone an anti-government protest set for Friday after a previous rally turned violent, a cabinet minister said on Thursday, as a wave of political unrest sweeps north Africa.

Opposition supporters have been calling for the departure of President Ismail Omar Guelleh, in power since 1999 and facing mounting opposition after he oversaw a change to the constitution that allows him to seek a third term in office.

The opposition says it has been galvanised by the success of regional protest movements such as those that toppled the long-serving rulers of Egypt and Tunisia this year.

Mohammed Daoud, head of the opposition Djibouti Party for Development, told Reuters Friday’s peaceful demonstration would take place as planned and the government was bent on denying a free and fair election in April.

The full Reuters report on Djibouti is here.

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