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: 5,745,062 (2018)

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 - Apr 25, 2019: Don't Reward Warlords - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [HRW] Nairobi -Prosecutors in the Central African Republic should investigate militia leaders recently awarded government positions.
  • Thu - Apr 18, 2019: Rebels Worsen Spread of HIV in CAR - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [CAJ News] Bangui -FIGHTING between rival armed groups, continued insecurity and large-scale displacement of people are blamed for the spread of HIV in the Central African Republic (CAR).
  • Thu - Apr 18, 2019: Central African Fibre Links Beginning to Fall Into Place With the Soon-to-Be Realised - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [Balancing Act] London -What was once Africa's slowest cross-border project is finally beginning to gather some pace. If recent announcements by politicians turn into reality, there could soon be a new fibre link in place to the Central African Republic. Russell Southwood looks at what might be about to happen.
  • Wed - Apr 17, 2019: UN Chief Welcomes Establishment of Inclusive Government - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [UN News] United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the establishment in the Central African Republic (CAR) of a government in line with an early February peace deal struck with more than a dozen armed groups active in the country.
  • Thu - Apr 11, 2019: CAR, Russia solidify bilateral relations - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [CAJ News] Bangui -THE Central African Republic (CAR) has cemented bilateral relations with Russia after the Eurasian country brokered a deal that brought reconciliation in the African nation.