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Date:21 Jan 2016
Djibouti’s bloody start to the 2016 elections – OpEd

[BY ALLAN SWENSON] On December 21, around the time that half the world was busy decking the halls with boughs of holy, in the small and hidden African country of Djibouti, up to nineteen people were shot down in the street by the government’s security forces. According to Voice of America, troops targeted the commemoration of a late religious leader that had been very influential among the nation’s opposition circles. Indeed, a leading opposition figure, Ahmed Yusuf, was wounded in the raid, along with an opposition MP and dozens of civilians.

The United States State Department issued a statement urging restraint and respect of the freedom of speech by the government, but it remains to be seen whether Washington’s appeals will fall on receptive ears. What’s more, the attacks come at a delicate time, as Djibouti is slated to hold a crucial presidential election later this year, in April.

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Source: http://www.eurasiareview.com 


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