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    Central African Republic Military 1997

      Military branches Central African Army (includes Republican Guard), Air Force, NationalGendarmerie, Police Force

      Military manpower - availability
      males age 15-49: 755,441 (1997 est.)

      Military manpower - fit for military service
      males: 393,765 (1997 est.)

      Military expenditures - dollar figure $30 million (1994)

      Military expenditures - percent of GDP 2.3% (1994)

      Disputes - international none

      Historical perspective After enduring decades of civil warfare among ethnic groups as wellas invasions by Libya, Chad got started toward a more stable state with theseizure of the government in early December 1990 by former northern guerrillaleader Idress DEBY. His transitional government eventually suppressed armedrebellion in all quarters of the country, settled the territorial disputewith Libya on terms favorable to Chad, produced a democratic constitutionwhich was ratified by popular referendum in March 1996, held multiparty nationalpresidential elections in June and July 1996 (DEBY won with 67% of the vote),and held multiparty elections to the National Assembly in January and February1997, in which Idress DEBY's party, Patriotic Salvation Movement or MPS, wona majority of the seats.

      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 Military 1997 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Central African Republic Military 1997 should be addressed to the CIA.

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