Opposition boycotts presidential election


Opposition leaders have decided to boycott the presidential election due to take place on 8th April 2011.  There will, however, be two names on the ballot paper, that of incumbent President Ismail Omar Guelleh, and Mohammed Warsama, a former president of the Constitutional Court.

President Guelleh was first elected in 1999.  Recent protests by anti-government supporters were put down with the use of live ammunition, a main cause for the opposition feeling that a democratic election was not possible.  Several opposition leaders have said that to stand in the election would be to legitimise the President’s stand.

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