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Vol 56 No 22

Published 6th November 2015


Djibouti

Guelleh battles in court

It started as a legal dispute with a business partner but now the President’s credibility is on trial and his wealth is on open display

It points to the fragility of President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh's position that a mismanaged legal battle with one of his political rivals in London's High Court could undermine his plans to change the constitution again and run for the presidency next April. Among other embarrassing details, the London Court has heard that, although Guelleh's monthly salary is under US$5,000 a month, he was able to buy an apartment for 2.74 million euros ($2.98 mn.) in the 16th arrondissement of Paris in 2001 and invest in an $8 mn. complex of luxury villas at Haramous, Djibouti.

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