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Yearbook 2006

Central African Republic. In the northern parts of the country there were armed riots throughout the year. Thousands of people escaped and by the end of the year, the army was assisted by French troops to strike back a rebel force that had occupied a few cities in the northeast. The unrest in the North Central African Republic was linked to both rebel rebellion in Chad and the conflict in the Sudanese Darfur region. In a report from the African Union, however, the Central African Republic's army was criticized for contributing to the unrest through brutal treatment of the civilian population.

2006 Central African Republic

According to CountryAAH, President Ange-Félix Patassé was sentenced in August in his absence to twenty years in prison for fraud and embezzlement. However, the Central African Republic's Court of Appeal decided to ask the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to investigate charges against him, Congolese presidential candidate Jean-Pierre Bemba and a Chadian mercenary for abuse in the defeat of a coup attempt against Patassé in 2002.

In October, the South African company UraMin began extracting uranium in Bakouma in the eastern Central African Republic. The company will invest the equivalent of just over SEK 190 million. in the project, which is the first major scale mining of uranium in the Central African Republic.

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