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Introduction:

The former French colony of Ubangi-Shari became the Central African Republic upon independence in 1960. After three tumultuous decades of misrule - mostly by military governments - civilian rule was established in 1993 but lasted only a decade. In March 2003, President Ange-Felix Patasse was deposed in a military coup led by General Francois Bozize, who established a transitional government. Elections held in 2005 affirmed General Bozize as president; he was reelected in 2011 in voting widely viewed as flawed.

The government still lacks full control of the countryside, where lawlessness persists. Several rebel groups joined together in early December 2012 to launch a series of attacks that left them in control of numerous towns in the northern and central parts of the country. The rebels - unhappy with Bozize's government - participated in peace talks in early January 2013 which resulted in a coalition government including the rebellion's leadership. In March 2013, the coalition government dissolved, rebels seized the capital, and President Bozize fled the country. Rebel leader Michel Djotodia assumed the presidency and the following month established a National Transitional Council (CNT).

In January 2014, the CNT elected Catherine Samba-Panza as interim president. Elections completed in March 2016 installed independent candidate Faustin-Archange Touadera as president; he continues to work towards peace between the government and armed groups, and is developing a disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, and repatriation program to reintegrate the armed groups into society.

 

Central African Republic Flag
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Central African Republic Emblem
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Quick Facts

Population:
5,745,062 (July 2018 est.)

Map Reference:
Africa
Area:
total= 622,984 sq km

Government:
Republic
Capital:
Bangui

Internet Code:
.cf

Airports:
39 (2013)

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Central African Republic Locater
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Central African Republic Map
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Astronaut Image

Astronaut Image
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Mission/Frame: ISS012-E-7438
Spacecraft Altitude: 191 nautical miles (354 km)
Features:
UBANGUI R., BANGUI

 

 

 

 

 

   

Source: CIA The World Factbook

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