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Yearbook 1997

Djibouti. According to Countryaah, the Government Alliance received all 65 seats in Parliament at the December 19 elections. The alliance consists of President Hassan Gouled Aptidon's party RPP and an outbreak group from the rebel movement FRUD.

1997 Djibouti

The two opposition parties that were allowed to stand in the election acknowledged defeated but nonetheless criticized the election result, which according to them had been distorted due to the rule that allowed voters to vote without a voting card.

The Ministry of the Interior announced that voter turnout was 64% in the country as a whole, but only 48% in the capital and 33% in the southern parts of the country. However, this was an increase from the 1992 election, when just under 49% of the eligible voters went to the polls. One reason for the higher turnout was, according to some analysts, the fact that soldiers were commanded to fight possible attacks by militant FRUD rebels.

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