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|Central African Republic Fact Sheet - March 2009
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CAR has experienced a decade of successive coup attempts and army mutinies. When, in 1993, the Patassé government proved unable to consistently provide salaries, continuous strikes by education and health professionals and multiple army mutinies ensued. Patassé survived seven coup attempts during his time in office with the assistance of Libyan troops and the Mouvement de Libération du Congo (MLC) from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These forces largely withdrew following the December 2002 deployment of peacekeepers from the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC).
On March 15, 2003, General François Bozizé and his followers, supported by troops from Chad, staged a successful coup d'état while Patassé was out of the country. An 18-month transition period was then declared to prepare for general elections and a Conseil National de Transition (CNT) - comprised of political parties and civil society – replaced the dissolved parliament.
In May 2005, parliamentary and presidential elections were held and declared generally free and fair. Bozizé won the elections in the second round and was formally sworn in as president. The security situation remains volatile however as the security forces are weak and still unable to control some areas of the national territory. Violent clashes between the Government and rebel groups, as well as widespread roadblocks and armed banditry continue to affect the north of the territory.
In the Central African Republic, the national program was structured as a Special Project. See below for details.
Projet de Réinsertion des Ex-combattants et d'Appui aux Communautés (PRAC)
Government of CAR and United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
$9.7 million from MDRP trust fund and $3.3 million from UNDPStatus:
The Special Project for the Demobilization and Reintegration of Ex-Combatants project consisted of four main components, two of which supported by MDRP:
Also being implemented, but not supported by MDRP, are activities in:
Overall Progress Table:
Final Progress Update:
Program Documentation:PRAC program description
World BankBoite Postale 872
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Contact: MDRP Secretariat
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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): CAR (in French)
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