Djibouti President Guelleh takes oath to kick off his fifth term

Djibouti’s Ismail Omar Guelleh was sworn in Saturday for his fifth  term as president.

Guelleh, who won re-election in April and took the oath in the capital Djibouti at a ceremony broadcasted on national television and attended by several African heads of state and other foreign dignitaries.

Among the leaders who attended the inauguration ceremony are Somali Prime Ministers Mohamed Hussein Roble, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

“We have no choice but to ambition. No other means than work,” Guelleh said in a Twitter post.

Guelleh was re-elected for a fifth term as president with more than 98 percent of the vote last April.

Guelleh would start a fourth term by his reelection, extending his 21 year rule in the small but strategic Red Sea nation.

Since Djibouti attained Independence from France in 1977, Guelleh is only the second president the country has had.

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