Central African Republic

  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Central African Republic became independent on 13 Aug. 1960, after having been one of the 4 territories of French Equatorial Africa (under the name of Ubangi Shari) and from 1 Dec. 1958 a member state of the French Community. A new Constitution was adopted in 1976 and it provided for the country to be a parliamentary democracy and to be known as the Central African Empire. President Bokassa became Emperor Bokassa I. The Emperor was overthrown in a coup on 20–21 Sept. 1979 and the empire was abolished. On 15 March 1981 David Dacko was re-elected President but Army Chief General André Kolingba took power in a bloodless coup on 1 Sept. 1981 at the head of a Military Committee for National Recovery (CMRN), which held supreme power until 21 Sept. 1985 when President Kolingba dissolved it and initiated a return towards constitutional rule.


Civil Aviation Central African Republic Autonomous Commune Constitutional Rule French Community 
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République Centrafricaine


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Further Reading

  1. Kalck, H. P., Historical Dictionary of the Central African Republic. Metuchen, 1980Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1992

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  • Brian Hunter

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