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Central African Republic

  • Type: Nation

Dzanga-Ndoki National Park Natural Environ
Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park

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Sangha Trinational Forest

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Central Africa, north of Democratic Republic of the Congo - The World Factbook

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Particulars for Central African Republic:
Locale Type Nation

Corruption Perceptions Index - 2014, Transparency International: 150

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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 and lasted for one decade. President Ange-Felix PATASSE's civilian government was plagued by unrest, and in March 2003 he 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 severely flawed. The government still does not fully control the countryside, where pockets of lawlessness persist. The militant group the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) continues to affect stability in the Central African Republic, and several rebel groups joined together in early December 2012 and launched a series of attacks that left them in control of numerous towns in the northern and central parts of the country. The rebels - who are unhappy with BOZIZE's government - agreed to participate in peace talks in early January 2013. - The World Factbook

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