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Ismaïl Omar Guelleh
اسماعيل عُمر جليه
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President of Djibouti
Assumed office
8 May 1999
Prime Minister Barkat Gourad Hamadou
Dileita Mohamed Dileita
Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed
Preceded by Hassan Gouled Aptidon
Personal details
Born 27 November 1947 (1947-11-27) (age 72)
Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
Political party People's Rally for Progress
Spouse(s) Kadra Mahmoud Haid

Ismaïl Omar Guelleh (Somali: Ismaaciil Cumar Geelle; Arabic: إسماعيل عمر جليه) (born 27 November 1946) is the current President of Djibouti, in office since 1999. He is often referred to in the region by his initials, IOG.

Guelleh was first elected as President in 1999 as the handpicked successor to his uncle, Hassan Gouled Aptidon, who had ruled Djibouti since independence in 1977. Guelleh was re-elected in 2005, 2011 and again in 2016; the 2011 election was largely boycotted by the opposition amid complaints over widespread irregularities. Guelleh has been characterized as a dictator, and his rule has been criticized by some human rights groups.

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