Central African Republic



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Capital: Bangui

Government: Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Faustin-Archange Touadéra


  • Subsistence agriculture, together with forestry, remains the backbone of the economy, with about 60% of the population living in outlying areas.
  • The agricultural sector generates more than half of GDP.
  • Timber accounts for 16% of export earnings and the diamond industry, 40%.

Population: 5,990,855 (2020)

Land Size: 622,984 sq km (240,535 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Baya: 33%
  • Banda: 27%
  • Mandjia: 13%
  • Sara: 10%
  • Mboum: 7%
  • M’Baka: 4%
  • Yakoma: 4%
  • Other: 2%

  • Indigenous beliefs: 35%
  • Protestant: 25%
  • Roman Catholic: 25%
  • Muslim: 15%


  • French (official)
  • Sangho (lingua franca and national language)
  • Gbaya
  • Banda



  • Thu - Feb 25, 2021: CAR 'Very Volatile', Despite Important Progress - UN Peacekeeping Chief - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [UN News] Despite a successful presidential election and other noteworthy progress, the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to be plagued by violence and volatility, the UN peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Tuesday.
  • Wed - Feb 24, 2021: Russia in the Central African Republic - New Allies, Same Challenges - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [African Arguments] Russia recently sent an additional 300 military advisors to support President Touadéra as part of a deepening relationship. What's in it for each side?
  • Mon - Feb 22, 2021: Central African Republic Stun Tunisia, Both Qualify to U-20 Afcon Quarters - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [CAF] Two goals within a minute early in the first half propelled debutants Central Africa Republic (CAR) to the quarter finals of the Total Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations after a hard earned 2-1 victory over Tunisia's young Carthage Eagles at the Olympic Stadium in Nouakchott on Sunday.
  • Mon - Feb 22, 2021: Tunisia V Central African Republic - No Choice but Going Through - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [CAF] Debutants Tunisia and Central African Republic are seeking a place in the quarterfinals of the Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations, Mauritania 2021 when they lock horns at the Stade Olympique in Nouakchott on Sunday.
  • Sun - Feb 21, 2021: Central African Republic - the ICRC Transports 25 Wounded to Bambari Hospital - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [ICRC] On 15 and 16 February, violent clashes between state armed forces and armed groups broke out in the town of Bambari. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) transported 25 wounded and injured people to the town's university hospital.