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Population: 0.886 mn.
GDP: $1.58 bn.
Debt: $0.83 bn.

Despite poor health, President Ismael Omar Guelleh may stand in 2017's elections. Financially, Djibouti continues to benefit from the rents created by the regional crises but there is also a sense of fragility, despite the strong support from the United States and France.

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Democracy demos

Democracy supporters demonstrated in Djibouti City after the first contested elections since 2003. President Ismail Omar Guelleh and his Union pour la majorité présidentielle had ...

Making Djibouti a logistical hub

Chinese-financed port and rail projects could be a boon for the region's trade

On 8 September, Abubaker Mohamed Hadi, the President of the Djibouti Port and Free Zone Authority, presided over the ceremony to mark the start of construction at Damerjog Port, a ...

The railway’s coming

Work will begin soon on the long-awaited new Ethiopia-Djibouti Railway. The two governments and their Chinese contractors are creating a US$1.5-billion trade corridor from Addis A...

Shaky Guelleh snubs ICC

In the face of growing internal opposition to his arbitrary rule and stolen elections, President Ismail Omar Guelleh has been strengthening relations with Sudan (AC Vol 52 No 7). H...

One man, one vote

Once again President Guelleh will win an election with no credible opposition and his Western allies will continue to operate discreetly in his country

Moves by the ruling Rassemblement populaire pour le progrès to squash opposition protests, coupled with the expulsion of an electoral observation group, Democracy International (DI...

Hello North Africa

Opposition politicians are to boycott the presidential election due on 8 April, after Interior Minister Yacin Elmi Bouh banned all demonstrations, fearing a spate of North Afri...

Dangers and dilemmas in the Horn of Africa

The most dangerous corner of Africa is its north-eastern Horn, where instability reigns and terrorism thrives on the antagonisms of its governments

The fate of Somalia is in the balance, as the Transitional Federal Government struggles for control against Islamist insurgents. Eritrea and Ethiopia are engaged in an unremitting ...

Gurjit Singh

India's Ambassador to Ethiopia (Retired)

Long-serving diplomat Gurjit Singh distinguished himself as one of the most activist ambassadors in Addis Ababa and personally raised the substance and profile of Ethiopia-India ...

Bin Laden's bridge

The epic plan for the world's longest suspension bridge, stretching 27 kilometres between Djibouti and Yemen (AC Vol 49 No 13) and officially launched in Djibouti on 28 July, has p...

Shooting war in Djibouti

The border battle at the mouth of the Red Sea looks more like Eritrean aggression

Fighting has begun around Ras Doumeira, the area of Djibouti seized by Eritrean troops in April (AC Vol 49 No 11). Both sides had built up their forces, seven kilometres inside Dji...

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