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    Djibouti Government - 2003

      Country name: conventional long form: Republic of Djibouti
      conventional short form: Djibouti
      former: French Territory of the Afars and Issas, French Somaliland

      Government 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 by referendum 4 September 1992

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

      Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal adult

      Executive branch: chief of state: President Ismail Omar GUELLEH (since 8 May 1999)
      head of government: Prime Minister DILEITA Mohamed Dileita (since 4 March 2001)
      cabinet: Council of Ministers responsible to the president
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a six-year term; election last held 9 April 1999 (next to be held NA 2005); prime minister appointed by the president
      election results: Ismail Omar GUELLEH elected president; percent of vote - Ismail Omar GUELLEH 74.4%, IDRIS Moussa Ahmed 25.6%

      Legislative branch: unicameral Chamber of Deputies or Chambre des Deputes (65 seats; members elected by popular vote for five-year terms)
      elections: last held 10 January 2003 (next to be held NA January 2008)
      election results: percent of vote - RPP 62.2%, FRUD 36.9%; seats - RPP 65, FRUD 0; note - RPP (the ruling party) dominated the election

      Judicial branch: Supreme Court or Cour Supreme

      Political parties and leaders: Democratic National Party or PND [ADEN Robleh Awaleh]; Democratic Renewal Party or PRD [Abdillahi HAMARITEH]; Djibouti Development Party or PDD [Mohamed Daoud CHEHEM]; Front pour la Restauration de l'Unite Democratique or FRUD [Ali Mohamed DAOUD]; People's Progress Assembly or RPP (governing party) [Ismail Omar GUELLEH]; Peoples Social Democratic Party or PPSD [Moumin Bahdon FARAH]; Republican Alliance for Democracy or ARD [Ahmed Dini AHMED]; Union for Democracy and Justice or UDJ [leader NA]

      Political pressure groups and leaders: Union for Presidential Majority UMP (coalition includes RPP, FRUD, PPSD and PND); Union for Democratic Changeover or UAD (opposition coalition includes ARD, MRDD, UDJ, and PDD) [Ahmed Dini AHMED]

      International organization participation: ACCT, ACP, AfDB, AFESD, AL, AMF, ECA, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IGAD, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, ITU, NAM, OAU, OIC, OPCW (signatory), UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US: chief of mission: Ambassador ROBLE Olhaye Oudine
      FAX: [1] (202) 331-0302
      telephone: [1] (202) 331-0270
      chancery: Suite 515, 1156 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

      Diplomatic representation from the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Donald YAMAMOTO
      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 description: 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

      NOTE: The information regarding Djibouti on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Djibouti Government 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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