Republic of Djibouti
République de Djibouti (French)
Jumhuriyah Djibouti (Arabic)
Political Status: Former French dependency; proclaimed independent June 27, 1977; new constitution with provisions for limited multiparty elections in effect as of September 1992; limit on the number of parties lifted in September 2002.
Area: 8,958 sq. mi. (23,200 sq. km.).
Population: 852,000 (2007E), including nonnationals. There has been no census since 1960–1961.
Major Urban Center (2005E): DJIBOUTI (599,000).
Official Languages: French and Arabic.
Monetary Unit: Djibouti Franc (official rate November 1, 2008: 174.57 francs = $1US).
President: Ismail Omar GUELLEH (Popular Rally for Progress); elected on April 9, 1999, and inaugurated for a six-year term on May 8 in succession to Hassan GOULED Aptidon (Popular Rally for Progress); reelected (as the sole candidate) to another six-year term on April 8, 2005.
Prime Minister: Dileïta ...