List of presidents of Djibouti

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This is a list of presidents of Djibouti. The office of president was established in 1977. There have been two official presidents since then. The president is both head of state and head of government of Djibouti and the commander-in-chief of the Djibouti Armed Forces. The current president is Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, since 1999.

President of the
Republic of Djibouti
Ismaïl Omar Guelleh

since 8 May 1999
ResidencePresidential Palace, Djibouti
Term length5 years renewable
Inaugural holderHassan Gouled Aptidon
Formation27 June 1977


No. President of Djibouti Took office Left office Time in office Party Election
1Aptidon, HassanHassan Gouled Aptidon
27 June 19778 May 199921 years, 315 daysRPP1981
2Guelleh, IsmaïlIsmaïl Omar Guelleh[1]
(born 1946)
8 May 1999Incumbent (Mandate expires 8 May 2026)22 years, 172 daysRPP1999

Latest electionEdit

Candidate Party Votes %
Ismail Omar Guelleh People's Rally for Progress 112,258 86.68
Omar Elmi Khaireh Union for National Salvation 9,474 7.32
Mohamed Daoud Chehem Union for National Salvation 2,959 2.28
Mohamed Moussa Ali Independent 1,982 1.53
Hassan Idriss Ahmed Independent 1,805 1.39
Djama Abdourahman Djama Independent 1,029 0.79
Invalid/blank votes
Total 100
Registered voters/turnout 187,090
Source: Yeclo


  1. Nephew of Hassan Gouled Aptidon

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