Central African Republic

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INFORMATION

Capital: Bangui

Government: Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Faustin-Archange Touadéra

Economy:

  • 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: 5,625,118 (2017)

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%
Religions:

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

Language(s):

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

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RECENT NEWS

  • Sat - Dec 15, 2018: Rising Insecurity in C.Africa Threatens Wider Region, Security Council Told - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [Independent (Kampala)] Bangui -Rising violence in the Central African Republic threatens to spill across the border into neighbouring countries, creating further instability, a senior United Nations official warned on Thursday, urging continued and coordinated regional efforts to bolster peace and security.
  • Fri - Dec 14, 2018: Up to 100 Civilians Shot and Burnt Alive As UN Peacekeepers Leave Posts - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [AI London] The United Nations must carry out a thorough investigation into UN peacekeeping troops' response to a recent attack that killed as many as 100 civilians in a displaced persons camp in the Central African Republic, Amnesty International said today in a new report.
  • Fri - Dec 14, 2018: Former CAR Militia Leader Arrested on Suspicion of War Crimes - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [VOA] A leading African soccer official was arrested Wednesday in France on charges of war crimes committed in the Central African Republic.
  • Thu - Dec 13, 2018: Former Militia Leader Arrested on Suspicion of War Crimes - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [VOA] A leading African soccer official was arrested Wednesday in France on charges of war crimes committed in the Central African Republic.
  • Thu - Dec 13, 2018: Militia Leader Arrested in France for War Crimes - AllAfrica News: Central African Republic
    [Deutsche Welle] The ICC had issued the arrest warrant of Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona for war crimes. He is the suspected leader of a militia accused of carrying out attacks on the Central African Republic's Muslim population.