Elections, Politics and External Involvement in Djibouti

"The first part of this situation report provides a brief overview of the political and electoral history of Djibouti. The second gives the legal framework for the conduct of elections and then examines the preparations for the April 2011 presidential elections and the results. It also surveys the most salient features of Djibouti’s party system, focusing principally on the alignment of existing political parties. Part three considers the build-up to the April 2011 presidential elections, including constitutional amendments, the mysterious deaths of some senior officials, the exaggeration of the role played by Abdurahman Boreh, and the sudden outbreak of public protests. The fourth part describes the mainly military involvement of Eritrea, the United States (US) and France in Djibouti."