Polling day today in low key election


Voters go to the polls today (Friday 8th April 2011) in the Djibouti presidential election.

There are two candidates, the current president, Ismael Guelleh, who has been in power for 12 years and Mohamed Warsama Ragueh.

The election had been boycotted by all opposition parties initially, but towards the end of the campaign the Union for a Democratic Movement has decided to back Ragueh against the President.

There have been crackdowns against protests in the lead up to the election in this nation of about half a million people.

Polling stations close at 6 p.m. local time and the president, who was the only candidate in the 2005 election, is expected to win.

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