Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh garnered 80.58 percent of votes cast in the country’s elections on Friday, provisional results showed on Saturday, giving him a third term in power.
Interior Minister Yacin Elmi Bouh said Guelleh’s rival, Mohamed Warsama, got 19.42 percent of votes cast in the election, which had a 69.68 percent turnout…
Abdourahman Boreh, a leading opposition leader who withdrew from the presidential race, said Guelleh could now foster national unity by consulting opposition groups inside and out of the country on the best way to move forward.
“We knew that the election would not be fair and free, and I’ve already said that it will not be a legitimate government, he told Reuters by phone from London.
“He should accept that people should have a political voice, and work with them together to open up the democracy in Djibouti and create a proper parliament in 2012 and to accommodate all the opposition.”
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