Elections in Djibouti

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National-level elections in Djibouti are held for the President and the unicameral National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale).

Djibouti is a one party dominant state with the People's Rally for Progress (RPP) in power. Opposition parties are allowed, but currently have no seats in the legislature. Freedom House considers the recent elections in Djibouti to be "not free".

Electoral system[edit]


The President is directly elected for a five-year term using a two-round system.[1] Until 2010, the president was elected for two six-year terms. The constitution was then changed, which scrapped term limits and reduced the term to five years. Candidates may not be older than 75 years old.[2]


The National Assembly has 65 seats, of which 52 are elected by plurality voting multi-member constituencies, and 13 elected by proportional representation.[3]

Until a change in the electoral law in November 2012, all 65 seats were elected by plurality vote in multi-member constituencies.[3]


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