Djibouti. Diplomat Dilayta Muhammad Dilayta took office
as new prime minister in March after former head of
government Barkad Gourad Hamadou had resigned for health
reasons after just over 22 years in his post.
Countryaah, the neighboring Somaliland region in February accused
Djibouti of exporting weapons to the Somali transitional
government, from which Somaliland broke out in 1991. In
April, the Somaliland government burned a large stock of
cigarettes belonging to a well-known Djiboutian businessman.
Djibouti responded by closing its border with Somaliland.
In October, the parties normalized their relations and
agreed to cooperate in the event of external threats.