President Guelleh returns to Djibouti amidst news of health concerns

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Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh has returned to Djibouti today, days after reports surfaced that he was ill, which the government has denied.

Guelleh, who was in Paris, France, was welcomed at Djibouti airport by government and military officials.

“Our ambitions for the development of our country will not be met with any weakness,” Djibouti’s foreign minister said in a statement posted on Twitter today. We wish our president a peaceful return. “

In the past week, reports have surfaced on social media that President Guelleh has been “flown to France, where he is in critical condition.”

However, Djiboutian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf denied the allegations in a statement posted on his Twitter account.

“President Ismail Omar Guelleh is fine. “All the reports circulating about his health are far from the truth,” said Mohamud Ali Yusuf.

“He has been on holiday for a few days and is undergoing medical tests related to the fact that he will not be leaving the country this summer,” he added.

The minister said President Guelleh would resume his duties in a few days. “There is nothing special to worry about,” he said.

President Ismail Omar Guelleh, 73, has ruled Djibouti since 1999 and was elected in June 2021 for a fifth term.

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