Djibouti: the saga continues after disputed parliamentary elections
The aftermath of the allegedly rigged parliamentary elections, which took place last Friday, 21 February 2013, have encountered unprecedented public response that go unabated.
The Union for the Presidential Majority (UMP) declared victory saying to have won 49 seats out of the possible 65 National Assembly seats, which is rejected by USN, the united front of the opposition.
Following three days of unrest and arrests of senior Imams the situation seems to get out control and there appears to be no sight of stability.
Mr Abdouraham Boreh, an influential businessman and a member of the opposition who fell out with Djibouti authority and was forced into exile said: “I am disappointed and deeply concerned about the wellbeing of the politicians and senior Imams who have been arrested, beaten and tortured”. Mr Boreh advice the Djibouti government to release these respected moderate Imams with immediate effect
“Freedom loving Djiboutian’s have demonstrated courage and a great willingness to observe peace and stability. For the first time we witness votes being counted till the early hours of the following day, which is great testament of the peoples’ willingness for change”.
Further, Mr Boreh advices the authorities including the police and the military to restrain and abstain from using force to silence the peace people of Djibouti. Change is inevitable and after 36 years of one party rule it is time the Mr Ismail Omar Guelle goes”.
Finally, Mr Boreh encourages peace-loving Djiboutian to join the Djibouti National Demonstration Day, which will take place Friday, 1 March after Salaatul Jumah.
By Justice for Djibouti