Djibouti profile

A chronology of key events:

825 - Islam introduced to the area.

German frigate is moored in Djibouti port Djibouti is used as a base by foreign forces tackling security issues within striking distance of the Horn of Africa, including terrorism and piracy
French rule

1862 - France acquires the port of Obock.

1888 - French colony of Somaliland established over the region.

1892 - Djibouti becomes capital of French Somaliland.

1897 - Ethiopia acquires parts of Djibouti after signing a treaty with France.

1917 - Railway connecting the port of Djibouti with the Ethiopian hinterland reaches Addis Ababa.

1946 - Djibouti made an overseas territory within the French Union with its own legislature and representation in the French parliament.

1958 - Djibouti votes to join the French Community.

Independence

1967 - Referendum takes place during which Afar people and Europeans vote to remain part of the French Community; French Somaliland renamed the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas.

Hassan Gouled Aptidon Hassan Gouled Aptidon became independent Djibouti's first president

1977 - The French Territory of the Afars and the Issas becomes independent as Djibouti with Hassan Gouled Aptidon as president.

1979 - People's Progress Assembly party set up with a view to uniting the Afar and Issa peoples.

1981 - Djibouti becomes a one-party state with the People's Progress Assembly as the sole party.

1992 - A constitution allowing for a limited multiparty system adopted; fighting erupts between government troops and the Afar Front for the Restoration of Unity and Democracy (FRUD) in the northeast of the country.

Power-sharing agreement

1994 - The government and the main faction of FRUD sign a power-sharing agreement officially ending the civil war; the radical faction of FRUD continues to fight.

1995 - French Judge Bernard Borrel dies under mysterious circumstances in Djibouti. He was advising the Djibouti government, and reportedly investigating arms smuggling.

Newly elected President Ismael Omar Guelleh President Guelleh won elections in 1999

1999 - President Aptidon announces that he will not run in the presidential election; Ismael Omar Guelleh elected president.

2000 February - The government and the radical faction of FRUD sign a peace agreement finally putting an end to the civil war.

2000 March - Former Prime Minister and leader of the radical faction of FRUD Ahmed Dini returns to Djibouti after nine years in exile.

2000 December - Coup attempt said to have been masterminded by sacked police chief General Yacin Yabeh Galab fails and Yacin charged with conspiracy and breaching state security.

2002 January - German warships and 1,000 sailors arrive in Djibouti to patrol shipping lanes in Red Sea area, in support of US actions in Afghanistan.

2002 September - 1992 law allowing only three other parties to compete with ruling party expires, paving way for full multi-party politics.

2002 September - Djibouti says it won't be used as a base for attacks against another country in the region. Some 900 US troops set up camp in support of US-led war on terror.

2003 January - Coalition supporting President Ismael Omar Gelleh - the Union for Presidential Majority - wins Djibouti's first free multi-party elections since independence in 1977.

Anti-immigrant drive

2003 September - Government begins drive to detain and expel illegal immigrants, thought to make up 15% of population.

2004 April - At least 50 people die in flooding in the capital.

2005 April- Presidential elections: Incumbent President Guelleh is the sole candidate.

2006 April- More than 90 passengers drown when a boat carrying hundreds of pilgrims capsizes shortly after leaving port.

2006 May- First human bird flu case in sub-Saharan Africa confirmed in Djibouti.

2006 November - A UN report says several countries, including Djibouti, have flouted a 1992 arms embargo on Somalia by supplying the rival Islamist administration in Mogadishu. Djibouti denies the allegation.

2007 March-April- Drought declared in some inland areas. United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says some 53,000 people could go without food rations unless funding is found.

Borrel probe
Demonstrators in Djibouti Demonstrators took to the streets to hinder investigations into the death of a French judge

2007 October - Mass protests against international arrest warrants issued in France for officials accused of blocking probe into 1995 death of French judge Bernard Borrel.

2008 January - Djibouti begins legal battle with France in the International Court of Justice in The Hague over the probe into the death of French judge Bernard Borrel.

2008 February - Ruling coalition wins all 65 seats in parliamentary elections which are boycotted by the three main opposition parties.

2008 June- Fighting breaks out between Djiboutian and Eritrean troops in the disputed Ras Doumeira border area. At least nine Djiboutian soldiers killed. US condemns Eritrean "aggression" but Eritrea denies launching an attack.

International Court of Justice rules that France is not obliged to share information it gathered in investigation into the 1995 death of French judge Bernard Borrel.

2009 April- UN Security Council says Eritrea has failed to fulfil its obligation to withdraw troops from disputed border area of neighbouring Djibouti. Eritrea denies having troops on Djiboutian soil.

2009 December - UN Security Council approves tough sanctions against Eritrea for supplying weapons to opponents of the Somali government and refusing to resolve border dispute with Djibouti. The Djibouti government welcomes the move.

Woman on way to collect water Thousands of people were affected by drought in 2011

2010 April - Parliament approves constitutional amendment allowing president to run for a third term.

2010 June - Eritrea, Djibouti agree to resolve their border dispute peacefully.

2011 February- Thousands gather for rare protest demanding regime change. At least two people are killed in confrontation with police.

2011 April- Guelleh wins a third term as president in an election boycotted by the opposition.

2011 June-September - Horn of Africa hit by worst drought in 60 years.

Workers build the new Ethiopia-Djibouti railway line Workers on a construction site in north-eastern Ethiopia help restore Ethiopian rail access to the sea by reviving a link to Djibouti

2011 December - First consignment of troops from Djibouti arrives in Somali capital, Mogadishu, to bolster the African Union force there.

2012 February - IMF approves $14 million loan to boost Djibouti's drought-hit finances.

2013 February - Opposition groups contest parliamentary elections after their 2008 boycott. They reject the result, which gave the governing Union for the Presidential Majority 49 of 65 seats.

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