Parliamentary elections were held in Djibouti on 22 February 2013. After their boycott of the 2008 elections, opposition groups contested the elections as the Union for National Safety alliance. According to government figures, the ruling Union for the Presidential Majority won 43 of 65 seats in Parliament. 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.
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. "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.