Djiboutian dictator Ismail Guelleh never gave up power for running a fifth term

Photo: Credit Wikipedia dictator Ismail Omar Guelleh.

Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh, who recently announced his candidacy for re-election next month, said he had decided to run for a fifth term at the request of the people.

The April 23 presidential election. He has ruled the country since 1999. The deadline for registering candidates is March 10, next Wednesday. But many opposition party leaders boycotted the April election, calling it a drama.

There is no independent electoral commission in Djibouti, and the electoral process is overseen by the international community.

According to Opposition groups said Omar Guelleh of obstructing the implementation of an agreement reached between the opposition and the government in 2014 to set up an independent commission tasked with preparing for the elections.

The dictator of the tiny African state Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guelleh regime is accused of human rights abuses, including; poor prison conditions, denial of fair public trial, interference with privacy rights and restrictions on freedoms of the press.