Djibouti. In February, the government signed a peace agreement with a radical faction of the militant opposition group FRUD (Front pour la Restoration de l’Unité et de la Democracy). The dominant faction within the FRUD had put down its weapons as early as 1994, but a breakaway faction had continued the armed struggle. President Ismail Umar Guelleh was appointed leader of the RPP (Rassemblement Populaire pour le Progrès) government party in March. He replaced former President Hassan Gouled Aptidon, who thus withdrew from politics.
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On March 11, Djibouti reestablished diplomatic relations with Eritrea. Relations had broken in November 1998 after Eritrea accused Djibouti of supporting Ethiopia in the border war between the countries. Djibouti, on his part, had accused Eritrea of supporting FRUD.
The peace talks in Somalia held in Djibouti in August led to the appointment of a new Somali president.
According to COUNTRYAAH, the population of Djibouti in 2000 was 717,473, ranking number 160 in the world. The population growth rate was 2.620% yearly, and the population density was 30.9570 people per km2.