Djibouti government has adopted an amnesty law for opposition personalities jailed for involvement in the 2013 post-election crisis, an official source said Wednesday.
The decision which was taken during Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, conforms to the resolutions of the agreement signed on Dec. 30, 2014 between the ruling coalition and the opposition coalition, National Salvation Union.
As stipulated by the Djiboutian penal code, the amnesty law signifies suspension of all sentences pronounced against the opposition individuals.
According to the same source, the amnesty law “is aimed at easing political tension in the country” to enable the government to peacefully execute projects initiated by President Ismail Omar Guelleh.
“By adopting the amnesty law, the government has demonstrated its preference for social dialogue and reaffirmed its commitment to construction of a political order founded on values of justice, democratic pluralism and good governance,” the source affirmed.
The signing of an agreement between the opposition and the government ended over 20 months of a political crisis that resulted from a decision by the opposition not to recognize the results of the 2013 legislative elections that were won by the ruling coalition. The opposition had equally set up a parallel parliament dubbed the “Legitimate National Assembly.” Enditem