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Obama to meet Djibouti President on May 5

President Barack Obama will hold talks next month with President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, a key counterterrorism partner for US forces tracking extremists in Africa. The White House said the May 5 meeting at the White House would highlight the role of Djibouti, which hosts a US Horn of Africa counterterrorism task force, in protecting regional security and preventing conflict.

Djibouti president names new PM in cabinet reshuffle

Djibouti's new prime minister took office on Monday after President Ismail Omar Guelleh reshuffled his cabinet in the wake of rioting in the strategic Horn of Africa nation over elections marred by widespread fraud. Guelleh named former defence minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed to replace longtime ally Dileita Mohamed Dileita who had served as prime minister since 2001.

UPDATE 2-Djibouti police battle crowds protesting election result

* Protesters throw petrol bombs, police fire rubber bullets * Opposition says last week's election was rigged * Djibouti a Western ally in fight against militant Islam (Adds new quotes, colour, details) By Abdourahim Arteh DJIBOUTI, March 1 (Reuters) - Riot police in Djibouti city fought street battles on Friday with protesters alleging fraud in last week's parliamentary election and demanding the release of detained opposition activists.

Djibouti riot police clash with opposition backers

DJIBOUTI, March 1 (Reuters) - Riot police in Djibouti city fired teargas at opposition supporters in a run-down suburb of the capital on Friday, a Reuters witness said, after similar clashes earlier this week. Opposition leaders had called for demonstrations after Friday prayers in protest at last weekend's parliamentary election result which saw the ruling party win a large majority. The opposition said the vote was flawed. (Reporting by Abdourahim Arteh; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Edmund Blair and Alison Williams)

Djibouti police clash with opposition protesters for 2nd day

By Abdourahim Arteh DJIBOUTI, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Djibouti security forces fought running battles with opposition supporters for a second day on Tuesday in an attempt to disperse protests against the ruling coalition's parliamentary election victory, witnesses said.

Djibouti elects parliamentarians amid fraud allegations

The tiny Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti held parliamentary elections on Friday but an opposition spokesman denounced what he described as massive fraud. Even though the opposition boycotted previous elections, it has presented a rare unified front to face the coalition supporting President Ismael Omar Guelleh, who has been in power since 1999.

Djibouti president's control of parliament at stake in election

* Red Sea state is Western ally against militant Islam * Opposition USN alliance seen ahead in polls * Guelleh's party has always controlled assembly * Result expected overnight By Abdourahim Arteh DJIBOUTI, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Djibouti's leader could lose control of parliament for the first time in a legislative election on Friday, raising the risk of political paralysis in a Red Sea ally of the West's fight against militant Islam.

Djibouti regime faces toughest poll challenge in decade

The regime of President Ismael Omar Guelleh, in power in Djibouti since 1999, is up against its most serious threat in a decade at legislative elections on Friday for which opposition forces have united. The tiny Horn of Africa country, with a population of less than one million, occupies a strategic position at the entry to the Red Sea and is home to the biggest French and US military bases in Africa. This is the first poll since 2003 in which opposition groups have decided to join forces, taking part as the Union for National Safety (USN).
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