Djibouti. Although several new political parties had been formed since 2002, the government-friendly party alliance Union pour la majorité presidential (UMP) took home all of Parliament’s 65 seats in the January 10 election. The alliance received 63% of the vote while the opposition alliance Union pour une alternative democratique (UDA) received the other 37%. The turnout was 48%.
According to Countryaah.com, Djibouti Independence Day is June 27. President Ismail Umar Guelleh made an official visit to the United States at the end of January. spoke with President George W. Bush. The countries were close together since US special forces were stationed in Djibouti in 2002.
Great concern arose in late summer among the country’s immigrant labor force following a government decision that all illegal immigrants must leave the country by September 15. The government justified the decision that the Djiboutians themselves needed immigrants’ jobs, but judges believed that the United States demanded the expulsions as part of the fight against terrorism.