Djibouti congratulates Turkey's Erdogan on poll victory

By Mohammed Taha Tewekel, Monday, August 11, 2014

ADDIS ABABA – Djibouti on Monday congratulated Turkish President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his victory in Sunday's presidential election.

Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh said in a congratulatory cable to Erdogan that Turkey had always been a friend of Africa.

"Turkey and Djibouti maintain special relations, which have been taken to a new height," Guelleh asserted.

Erdogan, Turkey's outgoing prime minister, was elected president on Sunday by an outright majority, securing 51.96 percent of the vote, according to unofficial tallies.

Without providing exact numbers, Turkey's Supreme Election Board confirmed late Sunday that Erdogan had won the poll outright, eliminating the need for a run-off vote that had been scheduled for August 24.

Elected to a five-year term, Erdogan will take over the post from outgoing president Abdullah Gul.

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