DJIBOUTI, April 9 Ismail Omar Guelleh won a
fourth five-year term as Djibouti's president in an election on
Friday, securing 87 percent of the votes cast, provisional
results announced by Interior Minister Hassan Omar on Saturday
Guelleh, who ran on the UMP party ticket, also won the last
election in 2011 with almost 80 percent of the vote. In power
since 1999, he has overseen Djibouti's economic rise as it seeks
to position itself as an international port.
Interior Minister Omar said opposition coalition (USN)
candidate Omar Elmi Khaireh came second, with 7 percent, or
9,400 of the 133,356 votes cast. Some 3,844 ballots were
The remainder of the vote was split among three other
candidates -- Mohamed Daoud Chehem, also a USN coalition
candidate, and independents Mohamed Ali Moussa, Hassan Idriss
and Abdurahman Djama, Omar said.
The Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) said on Friday
the final results must be announced no later than midnight five
days after Friday's poll.
Djibouti, home to U.S. and French military bases as well as
the port, has seen sporadic violence, usually sparked by
protests against the government of Guelleh, whose party has a
tight grip on power.
(Reporting by Abdourahim Arteh; Writing by George Obulutsa;
Editing by Catherine Evans)