ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s President Sahlework Zewdie and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed have congratulated Ismail Omar Guelleh for his re-election as president of Djibouti.
On Saturday afternoon, Election authorities of the neighboring nation announced Guelleh was re-elected for a fifth term as president with more than 98 percent of the vote.
Prime Minister Abiy was among the first world leaders to congratulate Guelleh on his re-election on the day.
“Congratulations to my brother President Ismail Guelleh on your reelection,” Abiy said. “Ethiopia wishes you and the great people of Djibouti prosperity and remains a constant partner and neighbor”.
About 215,000 citizens were registered to vote in the ballot pitting Guelleh, 73, against a little-known businessman widely seen as posing a scant threat to the strongman, who has been in power since 1999.
On Sunday, President Sahlework joined Prime Minister Abiy to congratulate Guelleh on his election victory. She wished Guelleh best success in his new mandate.
Independent election observers said the election process in the tiny but strategically important country went smoothly, with no reports of misconduct.
In a social media post on Saturday, Guelleh wrote, “Thank you for your trust, thank you for Djibouti! Together, let’s continue!”.
Guelleh is the second president of Djibouti since independence from France in 1977.