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URGENT ¥¥¥ Djibouti ruling party claims parliamentary poll win

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The ruling party in the tiny Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti said on Saturday it had won a parliamentary election based on preliminary results, as the opposition denounced what it called widespread fraud during voting.

The ruling Union for the Presidential Majority (UMP) party "received 49.39 percent of the votes against 47.61 percent for the opposition" in the capital, home to three-quarters of the population, Interior Minister Hassan Darar Houffaneh told reporters.

A spokesman for the opposition branded the results "a joke" and denounced what he called "massive fraud" during Friday's ballot.

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