Djibouti Ruling Party Clean Sweeps In Parliamentary Elections

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Djibouti (February 26, 2018): The ruling party of Djibouti President Ismael Omar Guelleh’s claimed a resounding victory in parliamentary elections on Friday, taking nearly 90 percent of seats after the opposition largely boycotted the poll.

Guelleh has ruled Djibouti since 1999 and was last re-elected in 2016 with 87 percent of the vote.The UMP’s victory has helped by the badly-divided opposition with two parties, MRD and RADDE and a faction of a third party, ARD – refusing to put forward any candidates, saying the elections would neither be fair nor transparent while others accused the election commission of bias.

The UMP claimed every seat outside of the capital and all but seven seats in Djibouti city with the remainder going to the UDJ party.The law stipulates that 25 percent of seats must go to women, an increase from just 10 percent in the outgoing parliament.

According to Mahyoub, this threshold was nearly met as 15 women won parliamentary seats, 14 of them from the UMP.

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Originally Posted on Abbtak Tv

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