Rumours about the Djibouti President’s Health

Ismaïl Omar 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
Ismaïl Omar 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

By ION,

THE flight to Paris of President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh (IOG) for medical reasons on 27 May has fuelled conversation in Djibouti and set the rumour-mongers going.

The social networks became rife with wild speculation. Some even went so far as to claim he was in agony and had had to have a leg amputated.

In fact, according to our sources, IOG underwent a small operation to the left knee under local anaesthetic, obliging his leg to be bandaged.

He then went back to Djibouti this week, where he is in convalescence.

In fact, he had been originally recommended to undergo surgery necessitating general anaesthetic, probably a hip replacement.

However, IOG was wary of the consequences of a general anaesthetic and finally renounced this operation.