PM Roble arrives in Djibouti ahead of Guelleh’s inauguration ceremony

Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roblei has arrived in Djibouti, ahead of President Ismail Omar Guelleh’s inauguration on Saturday.

PM Roble was received at airport by his Djibouti counterpart Mohamed Abdikadir Kamil.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Somaliland’s Muse Biihi are among dignitaries who are already in Djibouti.

Édouard Ngirente, Rwanda’s Prime Minister will also be representing President Paul Kagame at the inauguration ceremony.

Djibouti’s government on April 10 announced that longtime President Ismail Omar Guelleh yet again won the election with a landslide, earning him a fifth term, citing provisional results.

Home Affairs Minister Mumin Ahmed Sheikh told reporters that Guelleh received more than 98% of the 177,391 votes cast in the Horn of Africa nation, defeating his sole rival, businessman Zakaria Ismail Farah.

The tiny nation which strategically important home to military bases for the United States, China and others, has been under the ruled of Guelleh since 1999.

Djibouti is a largely desert country strategically situated on one of the world’s busiest trade routes and at the crossroads between Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, a short distance from war-torn Yemen.

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