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Djibouti


    • Names:

        conventional long form:
        Republic of Djibouti

        conventional short form:
        Djibouti

        former:
        French Territory of the Afars and Issas French Somaliland

    • Digraph:
      DJ

    • Type:
      republic

    • Capital:
      Djibouti

    • Administrative divisions:
      5 districts (cercles, singular - cercle); 'Ali Sabih, Dikhil, Djibouti, Obock, Tadjoura

    • Independence:
      27 June 1977 (from France)

    • National holiday:
      Independence Day, 27 June (1977)

    • Constitution:
      multiparty constitution approved in referendum 4 September 1992

    • Legal system:
      based on French civil law system, traditional practices, and Islamic law

    • Suffrage:
      universal adult at age NA

    • Executive branch:

        chief of state:
        President HASSAN GOULED Aptidon (since 24 June 1977); election last held 7 May 1993 (next to be held NA 1999); results - President Hassan GOULED Aptidon was reelected

        head of government:
        Prime Minister BARKAT Gourad Hamadou (since 30 September 1978)

        cabinet:
        Council of Ministers; responsible to the president

    • Legislative branch:
      unicameral

        Chamber of Deputies (Chambre des Deputes):
        elections last held 18 December 1992; results - RPP (the ruling party) dominated; seats - (65 total) RPP 65

    • Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court (Cour Supreme)

    • Political parties and leaders:

        ruling party:
        People's Progress Assembly (RPP), Hassan GOULED Aptidon

        other parties:
        Democratic Renewal Party (PRD), Mohamed Jama ELABE; Democratic National Party (PND), ADEN Robleh Awaleh

    • Other political or pressure groups:
      Front for the Restoration of Unity and Democracy (FRUD) and affiliates; Movement for Unity and Democracy (MUD)

    • Member of:
      ACCT, ACP, AfDB, AFESD, AL, ECA, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IGADD, ILO, IMF, IMO, INTELSAT (nonsignatory user), INTERPOL, IOC, ITU, NAM, OAU, OIC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WMO

    • Diplomatic representation in US:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Roble OLHAYE

        chancery:
        Suite 515, 1156 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

        telephone:
        [1] (202) 331-0270

        FAX:
        [1] (202) 331-0302

    • US diplomatic representation:

        chief of mission:
        Ambassador Martin L. CHESHES

        embassy:
        Plateau du Serpent, Boulevard Marechal Joffre, Djibouti

        mailing address:
        B. P. 185, Djibouti

        telephone:
        [253] 35 39 95

        FAX:
        [253] 35 39 40

    • Flag:
      two equal horizontal bands of light blue (top) and light green with a white isosceles triangle based on the hoist side bearing a red five-pointed star in the center






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