Djiboutian parliamentary election, 2013

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Djiboutian parliamentary election, 2013
Djibouti
2008 ←
22 February 2013 → 2018

All 65 seats to the National Assembly
  First party Second party
  Ismail Omar Guelleh 2010.jpg
Leader Ismaïl Omar Guelleh Omar Elmi Khaireh
Party UMP USN
Seats won 43 21
Seat change Decrease 22 Increase 21
Popular vote 73,817 42,721
Percentage 61.5% 35.6%
Swing Decrease 32.56% Increase 35.6%

President before election

Idriss Arnaoud Ali
RPP

Elected President

Idriss Arnaoud Ali
RPP

Coat of arms of Djibouti.svg
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Djibouti

Parliamentary elections were held in Djibouti on 22 February 2013.[1] After their boycott of the 2008 elections, opposition groups contested the elections as the Union for National Safety alliance.[2] According to government figures, the ruling Union for the Presidential Majority won 43 of 65 seats in Parliament.[3] However, the opposition claimed the figures for Djibouti city were falsified and released alternative results which would have reduced the UMP to 40 seats and increased their total from 21 to 25.[3]

Results[edit]

e • d Summary of the 22 February 2013 National Assembly of Djibouti election results
Parties and coalitions Votes % Seats
Union for the Presidential Majority 73,817 61.5 43
Union for National Salvation 42,721 35.6 21
Centre of Unified Democrats 3,554 3.0 1
Invalid/blank votes 2,241
Total 122,333 100 65
Registered voters/turnout 176,878 69.2
Source: Adam Carr's Election Archive

Aftermath[edit]

On 26 February 2013, police allegedly fired tear gas on demonstrators that were beginning to protest the election results, in which 300 people alone were arrested.[4] "The situation is tense," said UNS spokesman Daher Ahmed Farah. "The opposition won the elections and the victory was denied... the numbers were manipulated," and also added that he had been blocked from leaving his house to attend the demonstrations. The National Assembly began meeting for its new parliamentary term on 18 March 2013. Idriss Arnaoud Ali was re-elected without opposition as President of the National Assembly. 10 opposition deputies were not present.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IOG takes risk of renewing RPP top brass Africa Intelligence, 6 October 2012
  2. ^ Djibouti regime facing tough poll The Australian, 21 February 2013
  3. ^ a b Republic of Djibouti Legislative Election of 22 February 2013 Adam Carr
  4. ^ http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=57197
  5. ^ "La nouvelle assemblée nationale tient sa séance inaugurale", Agence Djiboutienne d'Information, 18 March 2013 (French)
  6. ^ Séance Inaugurale de la 7ème Législature de l’Assemblée nationale: Arnaoud reconduit au « perchoir » La Nation, 19 March 2013 (French)