Washington, DC --  Today, Rep. Duncan Hunter made the following statement:

“Djibouti’s President Ismael Omar Guelleh leads a corrupt and repressive regime and his undemocratic actions, in addition to his cozy relationship with China, remain cause for deep concern.  President Guelleh’s recent announcement of his intention to seek an unprecedented fourth term followed by a violent crackdown on political opposition is just more evidence of his oppressive tactics that have continued for too long.  Also, China’s expanding military footprint in Djibouti will seriously affect our own counter-terrorism operations in and around the Horn of Africa—which is sure to remain an area of great strategic importance to the U.S. for well into the future.  The U.S. should demand that President Guelleh step down after his third term expires in 2016 and that he no longer obstruct Djibouti’s pro-democratic movement.”