December 4, 2005 |
Central African Republic told radio and TV stations to stop airing songs that encourage men to dump their wives, saying such music hinders national development. "It's out of the question that music of misogynist character should be allowed to ride roughshod over questions of equality and the respect of the Central African woman," a Communications Ministry official said. Polygamy is legal in the former French colony, with men allowed to have up to four wives.
May 9, 2005 |
Rebel leader-turned-President Francois Bozize faced off against his main rival in an election he hoped would bring him the legitimacy he has lacked since declaring himself head of state in a coup two years ago. Bozize is favored to win the runoff, which was called after an inconclusive first round of voting March 13. Many voters in Central African Republic hope it will end an era of army coups and revolts.
March 14, 2005 |
People in Central African Republic turned out in large numbers for presidential and parliamentary elections to end two years of military rule. President Francois Bozize, a former army general who seized power in 2003, was seen as the favorite among 11 candidates. His main challenger was former military ruler Andre Kolingba. Central Africans also voted in parliamentary elections contested by 709 candidates, including 152 women, for 105 seats.
March 8, 2004
Re "The Unpopular Populist," editorial, March 5: Can't The Times learn? First Iraq, then Haiti, next Venezuela and after that Cuba, as our government conspires to topple governments in other countries. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) talked to Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in the Central African Republic on his cellphone shortly before his communication was cut off. According to her, he said he and his wife, who is an American citizen, were kidnapped and are now in a country where they are being held incommunicado.
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November 22, 2003 |
David Dacko, the first president of Central African Republic as an independent nation, has died at the age of 76, state radio said Friday. Dacko died in neighboring Cameroon on Thursday, the radio reported, without stating the exact cause of death. He had been ailing for some time. Dacko led Central African Republic from its 1960 independence from France until 1966, when he was overthrown and jailed by the notorious Cold War despot Jean-Bedel Bokassa.
October 11, 2003 |
A national forum urged posthumous forgiveness for Jean-Bedel Bokassa, accused of cannibalism and executing children during his 14-year rule of the Central African Republic. The panel's finding came after Bokassa's 31-year-old son, Jean-Serge, apologized for his father's deeds. The reconciliation panel said Bokassa's image should be "rehabilitated" and confiscated property returned to his family. Many of his 62 known children live in rags on the grounds of his palace.
March 17, 2003 |
A former army general dissolved the national legislature, suspended the constitution and declared himself president Sunday, a day after his rebel forces took control of Bangui, the capital. In a state radio address introducing himself as the country's new "head of state," Francois Bozize said his fighters seized power "because of the mismanagement of the country and its inability to carry out its domestic responsibilities." "Our government is that of peace and national reconciliation," he added.
October 29, 2002 |
Heavy fighting rocked this capital Monday as Libyan-backed government troops battled rebels loyal to a former army chief for a fourth day, residents said. Residents of Bangui reported hearing automatic weapons fire about a mile north of the residence of President Ange-Felix Patasse. Rebels have held the area since Friday. Despite heavy shelling over the weekend by government soldiers, neither side appeared to have gained much ground by Monday. In New York, a "deeply concerned" U.N.
October 26, 2002 |
The Central African Republic's Libyan-backed loyalist forces fired rockets and battled in suburbs of the capital, Bangui, to drive out rebels linked to a former army chief, residents said. Rebels captured the nearby town of Bogangolo before making a dash for the city. The nation has suffered a series of mutinies and coup attempts since 1996.
August 11, 2002
Banking and government offices will be closed or services curtailed in the following foreign countries and their dependencies this week because of national and religious holidays: Monday: Grenada, Thailand, Zimbabwe Tuesday: Central African Republic, Grenada, Laos, Tunisia Wednesday: Australia, Morocco, Pakistan Thursday: Andorra, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus,