World Djibouti: the opposition wants to block a possible 5th term of President Guelleh

03:40  26 september  2020
03:40  26 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Djibouti 's opposition lashed out at President Ismail Omar Guelleh on Saturday after he claimed a landslide victory in the strategic African nation's election, accusing him of stealing the ballot in an "electoral hold-up". Facing a fractured opposition , Guelleh had been widely expected to extend his

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L'opposition djiboutienne veut faire front commune contre un possible nouveau mandat du président Ismaïl Omar Guelleh (image d'illustration) © Eric FEFERBERG / AFP The Djiboutian opposition wants to unite against a possible new term of President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh (illustrative image)

The opposition is trying to organize itself to block a possible candidacy of President Ismaël Omar Guelleh in the election next April. The USN coalition, which brings together several parties, made its political comeback on Friday, September 25, bringing together its main officials. The watchword: "No to a 5th term". The movement rejects the configuration of the future electoral process. For this, he prepares actions.

With our correspondent in Nairobi, Sébastien Németh

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Djibouti (AFP) - Djibouti 's iron-fisted ruler Ismail Omar Guelleh is set to extend his 17-year rule in Friday's contentious presidential elections in the strategic Six candidates are vying for the top job but the clear frontrunner is Guelleh , who is running for a fourth straight term in the former French colony.

Politics of Djibouti takes place in a framework of a presidential representative democratic republic, whereby the executive power is exercised by the President and the Government.

Seven months before the presidential election, the USN is already talking about an "electoral masquerade that is coming" . The president of the coalition is certain, Ismaël Omar Guelleh will be a candidate for his own succession. Even if he does not say it himself, "he makes his entourage say it, to make it appear that the people are asking for him," said Adan Mohamed Abdou.

But the USN does not want a 5th term , but a transition, led by a new government, with deep institutional reforms. Adan Mohamed Abdou lists a series of demands for free elections, starting with an overhaul of the Electoral Commission. And if nothing changes, it will be a boycott of the ballot.

The USN also intends to make its voice heard in the streets, by organizing rallies and demonstrations. Even if the last attempts were unsuccessful. “Each time, the streets are crisscrossed by the security forces. People are afraid of being shot, ”explains the boss of the coalition. Actions should therefore begin discreetly in the neighborhoods, hoping to parade on the main arteries.

The movement is in contact with other parties to act in concert. The president of RADDE, for example, is not against joint actions, although no formal alliance exists at the moment. "We are not closing the door, because pooling resources would be welcome, but for the moment we are applying our strategy," said Abdourahman Mohamed Guelleh. On Wednesday, RADDE seized the UN, the European Union and the OIF to also denounce the flaws and dysfunctions of the electoral process.

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