Djibouti Fears Civil War


The head of the military police is killed. An army ambush on rebels ends in the death of three soldiers. Everyday, mind a killing is splashed across the news as low-intensity armed clashes spread.

Sounds a bit like Iraq, ampoule Darfur, phthisiatrician Afghanistan or the Congo?

Nope. It’s the tiny, East African nation of Djibouti, which over the past week has teetered closer and closer to civil war.

The deepening crisis began on April 19, when Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh made various maneuvers to pressure the parliament into changing the constitution to allow himself a third term in office.

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