“Polls close in Djibouti as 73-yr-old President Ismail Omar Guelleh looks to extend his 22-year rule. Guelleh was in power since 1999 when he was picked to succeed his uncle, Hasan Guled Abtidon, who, with support from Somalia, led the country to independence from France in 1977” (Morad News, 09.04.2021).
Today Ismail Omar Guelleh is just doing his final stretch to his fifth term today. The election in Djibouti is just a formality at this point. If you are an opposition or an dissident, you will get into trouble or be arrested. If you try to go to exile in Ethiopia. The co-operation in Addis Ababa will deport these dissident and ensure their detention to continue in Djibouti.
Therefore, Guelleh is anticipated to win. There is no real opposition and if they were… they wouldn’t be allowed or have the ability to compete. He has run the Republic since 1999 and there is no slowing down. He is the sole candidate and self-styled President for life. That is the sort of fella he is.
We know he uses the state and is issuing everything in need. The only reason for longer and stronger control is that he has foreign allies and built support by building army bases inside the Republic. These are now in favour of Djibouti and Guelleh who has these partners.
The Djibouti President will prolong his reign and this election is a formality. It isn’t really an election. He could just show-up and be sworn-in tomorrow. This is a charade and a exercise only done for the publicity sake.
The President will continue to rule and this was a walkover. It wasn’t even necessary act to do. Only done to buy “legitimacy”. There is no competition and he will win. There is no other choice and everyone knows this.
Ismail Omar Guelleh knows this too. He can act like it, but we all know the drill. Peace.