1977 Afars and Issas independence referendum

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An independence referendum was held in the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas on 8 May 1977 alongside an election for a Constituent Assembly. Previous referendums were held in 1958 and 1967,[1][2] which rejected independence. This referendum backed independence from France.[3] The territory became independent as Djibouti on 27 June 1977.

The result is celebrated annually on Independence Day on 27 June.


Choice Votes %
Independence 80,864 99.8
Remain a territory in the French Republic 199 0.2
Invalid/blank votes 784
Total 81,847 100
Registered voters/turnout 105,962 77.2
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Kevin Shillington, Encyclopedia of African history, (CRC Press: 2005), p.360.
  2. ^ American Universities Field Staff, Northeast Africa series, Volume 15, Issue 1, (American Universities Field Staff.: 1968), p.3.
  3. ^ Nohlen, D, Krennerich, M & Thibaut, B (1999) Elections in Africa: A data handbook, p322 ISBN 0-19-829645-2