Ismail Omar Gelle wins Djibouti presidency for fifth time

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Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Gelle has won a fifth term in office, receiving 89.41% of the country’s votes.

Djiboutian Interior Minister Mumin Ahmed Sheikh announced the results of the election, according to state television, as celebrations erupted in Djibouti.

In a brief statement yesterday, President Ismail Omar Gelle said after the vote that the election had taken place peacefully and that he was awaiting the results and confident to cling his fifth victory.

President Ismail Gelle, running against businessman Zakaria Ismail Farah, 57, won 1.59% of the vote.

Zakariye, a newcomer to Djiboutian politics, announced his candidacy on social media in January this year.