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    Central African Republic Government 1997

      Country name
      conventional long form: Central African Republic
      conventional short form: none
      local long form : Republique Centrafricaine
      local short form: none
      former: Central African Empire
      abbreviation: CAR

      Data code CT

      Government type republic;

      National capital Bangui

      Administrative divisions 14 prefectures (prefectures, singular - prefecture), 2 economic prefectures*(prefectures economiques, singular - prefecture economique), and 1 commune**;Bamingui-Bangoran, Bangui**, Basse-Kotto, Gribingui*, Haute-Kotto, Haute-Sangha,Haut-Mbomou, Kemo-Gribingui, Lobaye, Mbomou, Nana-Mambere, Ombella-Mpoko,Ouaka, Ouham, Ouham-Pende, Sangha*, Vakaga

      Independence 13 August 1960 (from France)

      National holiday National Day, 1 December (1958) (proclamation of the republic)

      Constitution passed by referendum 29 December 1994; adopted 7 January 1995

      Legal system based on French law

      Suffrage 21 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Ange PATASSE (since 22 October 1993)
      head of government: Prime Minister Michel GBEZERA-BRIA (since January 1997)
      cabinet: Council of Ministers
      elections : president elected by popular vote for a 6-year term; election last held19 September 1993 (next to be held October 1999); prime minister appointedby the president
      election results: Ange PATASSE elected president; percent of vote - PATASSE 52.45%, AbelGOUMBA 45.62%

      Legislative branch unicameral National Assembly or Assemblee Nationale (85 seats; membersare elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)
      elections: last held 19 September 1993 (next to be held October 1998)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - MLPC 34, RDC 13, PLD7, FPP 7, ADP 6, PSD 3, CN 3, MDREC 1, PRC 1, FC 1, MESAN 1, independentssupporting David DACKO 6, independents 2
      note: the National Assembly is advised by the Economic and Regional Councilor Conseil Economique et Regional; when they sit together they are calledthe Congress or Congres

      Judicial branch Supreme Court or Cour Supreme, judges appointed by the president; ConstitutionalCourt, judges appointed by the president

      Political parties and leaders Alliance for Democracy and Progress or ADP [Tchapka BREDE]; CentralAfrican Democratic Assembly or RDC [Andre KOLINGBA]; Central African Republican Party or PRC; Civic Forum or FC [Gen. Timothee MALENDOMA]; Democratic Movementfor the Renaissance and Evolution of Central Africa or MDREC [Joseph BENDOUNGA];Liberal Democratic Party or PLD [Nestor KOMBO-NAGUEMON]; Movement for theLiberation of the Central African People or MLPC [the party of the president,Ange Felix PATASSE]; Movement for Democracy and Development or MDD [DavidDACKO]; National Convention or CN [David GALIAMBO]; Patriotic Front for Progressor FPP [Abel GOUMBA]; Social Democratic Party or PSD [Enoch Derant LAKOUE];Social Evolution Movement of Black Africa or MESAN [Prosper LAVODRAMA andJoseph NGBANGADIBO]

      International organization participation ACCT, ACP, AfDB, BDEAC, CCC, CEEAC, ECA, FAO, FZ, G-77, IBRD, ICAO,ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, ITU,NAM, OAU, OIC (observer), UDEAC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCL, WHO,WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Henri KOBA
      chancery: 1618 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20008
      telephone : [1] (202) 483-7800, 7801
      FAX: [1] (202) 332-9893

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Mosina H. JORDAN
      embassy: Avenue David Dacko, Bangui
      mailing address : B. P. 924, Bangui
      telephone: [236] 61 02 00, 61 25 78, 61 02 10
      FAX: [236] 61 44 94

      Flag description four equal horizontal bands of blue (top), white, green, and yellowwith a vertical red band in center; there is a yellow five-pointed star onthe hoist side of the blue band

      NOTE: The information regarding Central African Republic on this page is re-published from the 1997 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Central African Republic Government 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Central African Republic Government 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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