Ismail Omar Guelleh, 73, has been re-elected for a fifth term as president of Djibouti with more than 98 percent of the vote.
Independent election observers have already said said the democratic process went smoothly, with no reports of misconduct.
According to Aljazeera, the provisional results announced early on Saturday, after the election in “the tiny but strategically important country was boy-cotted by the main opposition.”
A total of 215,000 citizens were registered to vote in the ballot pitting Guelleh, 73, against a little-known businessman widely seen as posing scant threat to the strongman, who has been in power since 1999.
“Counting started shortly after polling stations closed on Friday in the Horn of Africa nation, which overlooks one of the world’s busiest trade routes at the crossroads between Africa and the Arabian Peninsula,” according to Aljazeera.
The Interior Minister Moumin Ahmed Cheick was quoted by RTD saying “President Ismail Omar Guelleh obtained 167,535 votes, which is 98.58 percent.”