Djibouti ruling party claims landslide parliamentary win | Africanews
3 weeks ago, 01:18
President Ismael Omar Guelleh's ruling party claimed a resounding victory in Friday's parliamentary elections in Djibouti, taking nearly 90 percent of seats after the opposition largely boycotted the poll.
Mohamed Abdallah Mahyoub, a senior member of Guelleh's UMP party and campaign spokesman, said late Sunday the party had won 58 out of 65 parliamentary seats, an increase of three since the last vote in 2013.
The UMP's victory has helped by the badly-divided opposition with two parties - MRD and RADDE and a faction of a third party, ARD - refusing to put forward any candidates, saying the elections would neither be fair nor transparent while others accused the election commission of bias.
The law stipulates that 25 percent of seats must go to women, an increase from just 10 percent in the outgoing parliament.
According to Mahyoub, this threshold was nearly met as 15 women won parliamentary seats, 14 of them from the UMP.
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