|Agence France Presse
May 8, 2011 Dalkayaga@gmail.com
President Ismael Omar Guelleh of Djibouti was sworn in for a third five-year term here Sunday following his re-election last month in a vote boycotted by the opposition.
"I, Ismael Omar Guelleh, swear before God and my people that I will assume this heavy mission with transparency and justice," he said during a ceremony attended by several regional leaders, including Presidents Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia and Sharif Cheikh Ahmed of Somalia.
Beshir attended the ceremony even though he is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan's western Darfur region and Djibouti is party to the ICC.
ICC statutes dictate any member country should arrest him if he visits, and Bashir had not travelled to Djibouti since he was first indicted by the ICC in 2009.
France, Djibouti's former colonial ruler, was represented at the inauguration by Cooperation Minister Henri de Raincourt while the United States sent its deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Karl Wycoff.
Guelleh, in power since 1999, won a third term with around 80 percent of the vote in the April 8 election that was boycotted by the opposition, defeating his only challenger, Mohamed Warsama Ragueh, a former head of the constitutional council running as an "independent".
Last year, Guelleh had parliament amend the constitution to allow him to seek another term, trimmed down to five years from six, sparking an opposition outcry and fuelling unprecedented demonstrations in February.
Opposition leaders at the time had hoped to turn a student movement into an Egypt-style protest to demand regime change but the largest demonstration turned violent on the first day and soon fizzled out.
The protests were the largest since Djibouti obtained its independence from France in 1977.
The Future Constitutional Structure of the Somali Republic: Federal or Decentralized Unitary State? Abdirizaq Haji Hussein
Islamaphobia Can Create Radicalization: James Zogby
Stoking Irrational Fears About Islam: By Eugene Robinson
The Hypocrisy of Peter King: By Russell Simons
Experiences of a Recently Converted Hindu Woman: By Sister Noor
Somali Catastrophe andIntellectuals’ Succor: Conf. of Somali Intellectuals Communique
Sheikh Sharif's Hypocricy: By Abdirahman Takhal
A postscript to the Selection of the new Prime Minister: By Faisal Roble
President Shirif Ahmed at the UN: Time to leave: By Abdikarim Buh
Abdifatah Shiekh Abdullahi-the Character Behind the Mask: By Mohamed Kaahin
The Promise: How Islam Found Me: By Kari Ansari
The Genesis of Islamism in Somalia: By Abdiaziz Abdi
I don't believe UWSLF (Formerly Al Itihad) have anything to offer: By Abdiweli Ali
Printing currency for Somalia now would be a betrayal: By Abdullahi Dool
Press Statement Concerning Our Deseased Father: By Fathia Mohamed Yusuf
The TFG leaders of Somalia are in love with photo ops, but who cares about the people? By Abdi Mohamed Abdi
Somalia: Camouflaging under Islamic Shadow with Sinister aims : By Dr. Yusuf O. Azhari
Is Yusuf-Garaad the Only Photogenic Broadcaster at the BBC? By Ibrahim Sheikh.Nor