Ismaïl Omar Guelleh Biography
Ismaïl Omar Guelleh is the current President of Djibouti. He has been in office since 1999, making him one of the longest-serving rulers in Africa. He is often referred to by his initials, IOG.
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. Omar was re-elected in 2005, 2011, 2016, and 2021.
Ismaïl Omar Guellehb Age
Ismaïl Omar Guellehb was born on 27 November 1947, in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. He is 74 years old.
Ismaïl Omar Guelleh Height
He has managed to keep his height hidden, however, a review is ongoing and this section will be updated as soon as possible.
Ismaïl Omar Guelleh Family
Ismail was born and raised by his loving parents in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. However, information regarding his family members is under review and will be updated as soon as possible.
Ismaïl Omar Guelleh Wife
He is married to his pretty wife Kadra Mahamoud Haid. The couple is blessed with two children Fatouma-Awo Guelleh and andHaïbado Ismaïl Omar.
Ismaïl Omar Guelleh Salary
Ismail receives an annual salary of $115,000.
Ismaïl Omar Guelleh Net Worth
Omar has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Ismaïl Omar Guelleh Career
When Guelleh was younger he attended a traditional Islamic school. In 1960, Guelleh migrated to Djibouti before finishing high school. In 1964, at the age of 18, Ismail Omar Guelleh began working in the General Information of the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas, because he spoke Amharic, Somali, Arabic, French, Italian, and English.
In 1975, Ismail was suspended from his duties because he was suspected of transmitting information to the independence movement. He then became involved in the African People’s League for Independence (LPAI) chaired by Hassan Gouled Aptidon, who campaigns for independence.
Guelleh was elected into the LPAI’s Central Committee in 1983 and subsequently became the director of a cultural commission in Paris. In 1987, he became a member of the party leadership.
After Djibouti became independent, he became head of the secret police and chief of the cabinet in the government of his uncle Hassan Gouled Aptidon, for whom he also served as chief of staff for more than two decades.
He received training from the Somali National Security Service and then from the French Secret Service, and intended to become his uncle’s successor. He became President of Djibouti in 1999.