Static on the line between the economy minister and the head of Djibouti Telecom
Since the president of Djibouti ordered his economy minister to oversee the partial privatisation of Djibouti Telecom, the state-owned company's director general has been afraid that it will lose its monopoly.
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Kept on a tight leash, Aboubaker Omar Hadi rules over Djibouti's ports
The chairman of Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority Aboubaker Omar Hadi has become a major asset for the small state as he continues to build a lucrative business empire around its ports. Hadi has the full trust of President Ismail Omar Guelleh, who is careful, however, to keep him in his place.
Afar sultan coronation puts Ismail Omar Guelleh in a pickle
In Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti, the Afar are a minority which their respective governments have to pander to. In Djibouti, a dispute over the coronation of the new Afar sultan, scheduled for the end of October, has added fuel to an already burning issue.
New head of French forces Laurent Boite set to arrive in August
Apart from the fact that he is taking up his post in a region rendered explosive by the civil war in neighbouring Ethiopia, General Laurent Boite, who was until now number two in the French special operations command, will have to try to smooth relations with the Djiboutian authorities despite France's failure so far to renew its military cooperation treaty with them.
IOG to keep close tabs on finance minister during Djibouti Telecom privatisation
Generally kept at arm's length on account of his political ambitions, in early July Djibouti's finance minister Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh inherited the tricky task of overseeing the partial privatisation of Djibouti Telecom, under the close supervision of the president's allies.