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Djibouti ruling party declares election victory, opposition says flawed

* Opposition says ruling coalition "cooked" vote * Wins some seats in parliament * Djibouti an ally in West's fight against militant Islam By Abdourahim Arteh DJIBOUTI, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Djibouti's ruling coalition declared victory on Saturday in the Red Sea state's parliamentary election, but the opposition rejected the vote as flawed and said it planned demonstrations to protest against the outcome.

Djibouti ruling party claims election win

The ruling party in the strategic Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti said Saturday it had won a parliamentary election the opposition alleged was marred by widespread fraud. Djibouti hosts the biggest French and United States military bases in Africa and guards the southern entry to the Red Sea and route to the Suez Canal. Interior Minister Hassan Darar Houffaneh said the ruling Union for the Presidential Majority (UMP) party secured 49.39 percent of votes against 47.61 percent for the opposition in the capital, home to three-quarters of the population.

Djibouti ruling party claims parliamentary poll win

The ruling party in the tiny strategic Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti said on Saturday it had won a parliamentary election, as the opposition denounced what it called widespread fraud during voting. Djibouti, with a population of some 800,000, occupies a strategic position at the entry to the Red Sea and is home to the biggest French and United States military bases in Africa.

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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.

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 votes in parliamentary polls

The tiny Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti held parliamentary elections Friday with opposition groups joining forces to challenge the ruling party and with the polls reported to have been calm. For the first time in a decade, opposition groups ran as a single coalition and formed the Union for National Salvation (USN). The ruling party Union for the Presidential Majority (UMP) party reported one stone throwing incident but otherwise said there was "calm in all the polling stations".

Djibouti votes in parliamentary polls

Parliamentary polls in the tiny Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti opened peacefully Friday, residents said, with opposition groups joining forces to challenge the ruling party. This is the first poll since 2003 in which opposition groups have decided to forge a coalition together, taking part as the Union for National Safety (USN). "The voting started early in the morning and has been calm and peaceful, we have not heard any reports of any violence," said Fowsi Abokar, a resident and businessman in the capital, Djibouti city.
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