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: 4,709,000 (2014)

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

Major Ethic 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 - Jul 27, 2017: Anti-Balaka Ambush Kills Two UN Peacekeepers - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [Al Jazeera] Suspected Christian fighters killed two Moroccan peacekeepers from the United Nations mission in the Central African Republic on Tuesday, the mission said, in the second deadly attack on Moroccan forces this week.
  • Thu - Jul 27, 2017: UN Warns Peace at Risk - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [VOA] A new bout of violence in the Central African Republic, where two Moroccan peacekeepers were killed Tuesday, risks derailing years of efforts to restore a fragile stability, the United Nations warned Wednesday.
  • Thu - Jul 27, 2017: FVP Receives the CAR Visiting Prime Minister - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [SNA] Khartoum -The First Vice President of the Republic and Federal Prime Minister Lt Gen Bakri Hassan Salih, on Wednesday received the Prime Minister of Central African Republic, Simplice Sarandji and the accompanying delegation.
  • Wed - Jul 26, 2017: CAR Premier Arrives in the Country - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [SNA] Khartoum -The Central African Republic (CAR) Prime Minister, Simplice Sarandji, arrived in Khartoum , Tuesday on a several-day official visit. He was received at Khartoum Airport by the Cabinet Affairs Minister, Ahmed Saad Omer.
  • Wed - Jul 26, 2017: CAR Prime Minister Visits Sudan On Tuesday - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [SNA] Khartoum -The Central African Republic Prime Minister Simplice Sarandji, will arrive in Khartoum evening Tuesday on a several day state visit to the Sudan.