Djibouti. In the parliamentary elections on February 22, President Ismail Omar Guelleh’s party took the Union for President-Majority (UMP) most votes and 43 out of 65 seats. The election was the first since 2003 in which the opposition participated, but the opposition alliance National Rescue Union (USN) believed that electoral fraud occurred, among other things. when the UMP filled the ballot boxes with their own ballots. Those accusations were rejected by the Constitutional Council, the highest constitutional body. Protest protests erupted in the capital Djibouti on March 1 but were defeated by the police. After the election, Guelleh appointed former Defense Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed as new prime minister.
According to Countryaah, Djibouti is one of the countries in the world where girls are most at risk of genital mutilation, the UN Children’s Fund reported UNICEF in July. 93% of Djibouti women are sexually abused, a share that is surpassed only in Somalia and Guinea. While the share is declining in many countries in Africa and the Middle East.