Djibouti rulers claim poll victory

2013-02-23 12:35
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Djibouti - The ruling party in the tiny Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti said on Saturday it had won a parliamentary election based on preliminary results, as the opposition denounced what it called widespread fraud during voting.

The ruling Union for the Presidential Majority (UMP) party "received 49.39% of the votes against 47.61% for the opposition" in the capital, home to three-quarters of the population, Interior Minister Hassan Darar Houffaneh told reporters.

A spokesperson for the opposition branded the results "a joke" and denounced what he called "massive fraud" during Friday's ballot.

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