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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; presidential term limits removed in 2010.

Area: 8,958 sq. mi. (23,200 sq. km).

Population: 971,000 (2018E—World Bank); 884,017 (2018E—U.S. Census).

Major Urban Center (2015E): DJIBOUTI (529,000).

Official Languages: French and Arabic.

Monetary Unit: Djiboutian Franc (official rate October 19, 2018: 177.71 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 ...

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