DJIBOUTI CITY, 10 January 2021 – The president of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guelleh, will run for re-election in April 2021 under the banner of the ruling Popular Rally for Progress (RPP).
His candidacy was approved Sunday at the end of an extraordinary congress of the RPP at the Palais du Peuple in the capital, Djiboouti City.
Guelleh unveiled his slogan for the 2021 ballot: “Lets Continue Together”.
In his speech to congress attendees and Djiboutians watching the televised broadcast, he urged them to use the 2021 presidential election to show their attachment to the continuation of the political leadership in place in Djibouti.
“You are doing us a huge honor that I cannot decline,” Guelleh told the congress in his acceptance speech.
“Employment, especially for the benefit of young people, will remain our main priority,” the Djinboutian leader added.
Guelleh has been in power since 1999.
He is not subject to term limits.
Until 2010, the presidential term was six years and anyone holding the top job was supposed to serve only two terms.
Since 2010, though, the term limits were scrapped and Djiboutian Presidents are now elected for as many five-year terms as they win, subject to the constitutional limit of being disqualified to run if a candidate is aged 75 and above.
Guelleh is 73-years-old.