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    Djibouti Government 2000

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

      Data code: DJ

      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: NA years of age; universal adult

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: President GUELLEH Ismail Omar (since NA 1999);
      head of government: Prime Minister BARKAT Gourad Hamadou (since 30 September 1978)
      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: GUELLEH Ismail Omar elected president; percent of vote - GUELLEH Ismail Omar 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 19 December 1997 (next to be held NA 2002)
      election results: percent of vote - NA; seats - RPP 65; 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 [Mohamed Jama ELABE]; People's Progress Assembly or RPP [Hassan GOULED Aptidon] - the governing party

      Political pressure groups and leaders: Front for the Restoration of Unity and Democracy or FRUD and affiliates; Movement for Unity and Democracy or MUD

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

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

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Lange SCHERMERHORN
      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

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