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.
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.