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Djibouti

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National Assembly

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
23.02.2018
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
28.02.2023
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
65
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
112
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
Yes
Notes
Percentage of women candidates: About 25%
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
4

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
194,169
Votes Number of people who actually voted
123,934
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
63.83%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
President Ismaël Omar Guelleh's Union for the Presidential Majority (UMP) increased its majority from 55 seats to 57 in the 65-member National Assembly. The opposition Union for Democracy and Justice - Djiboutian Democratic Party (UDJ-PDD) took seven. Other major opposition parties (see note) boycotted the elections, arguing they were not fair or transparent. Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, a brother-in-law of the President, said the electoral process was carried out transparently in a calm environment. The number of women more than doubled from seven to 15 following the introduction of a 25% quota for women (up from 10% previously) in January 2018. 
 
 Note: 
 Opposition parties include the Rally for Democratic Action and Ecological Development (RADDE), the Movement for Democratic Renewal (MRD) and a part of the Republican Alliance for Democracy (ARD). They had boycotted the 2016 presidential elections in which Mr. Guelleh, in power since 1999, was re-elected.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
3
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
75%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
87.69%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Union for the Presidential Majority (UMP)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Union for the Presidential Majority (UMP) 57
Union for Democracy and Justice - Djiboutian Democratic Party (UDJ-PDD) 7
Centre for United Democrats (CDU) 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
50
Number of women elected
15
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
23.08%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
Fifteen women were elected in February 2018. On 23 February, when the Cabinet was re-appointed, the total number of women parliamentarians totalled 17.
Sources
National Assembly (09.03.2018, 15.03.2018, 22.05.2018) Radio France Internationale France 24 African Union IHS Markit La Nation
Women Directly Elected
15

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
50
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
15
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
15.03.2018
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Mohamed Ali Houmed (Male)
Political party
Union for the Presidential Majority (UMP)
Date of election
15.03.2018