In what was considered a rigged vote
after many Somalians were ejected from Djibouti creating a 'stay
with France' outcome, the territory was renamed in 1967 as the
French Territory of the Afars and Issas. The history of Djibouti
recorded growing ethnic tensions in the area with the French
widely perceived to favour the Afars, with the Issas pressing
for independence altogether.
Ten years later after the formation of the Ligue Populaire
Africaine pour L´independance (LPAI) a unified political
movement that led calls for independence, the
territory finally gained its independence as Djibouti.
Following independence Hassan Gouled Aptidon (left),
an Issa politically opposed by the Afars installed a Issa led one-party
state and he continued to serve as president of the country until 1999.
Afar unrest was prevalent during the 1990s and has been
described as civil war between 1991-1994, a civil war that drove
off much needed foreign investment and deprived the country of
making much needed infrastructure improvements, however a peace
treaty was signed in 2000 and since then there have been
multi-party elections, even if the current president won his
last election with 100% of the vote!
The video above shows pictures and images of the history of
Djibouti from 1888 until 2008. For more about the history of
Djibouti independence check out the articles above and if you love
history take time to follow the 'Old Djibouti' link also below to see
the history of Djibouti between the two world wars in a series
of picture postcard images, a wonderful insight into life in