Central African Republic Recent History
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Central African Republic Recent History

The activities of several rebel groups were directed against the Bozizé government. The conflicts in the neighboring countries Sudan (Darfur) and Chad also had a destabilizing effect. In February 2007 and June 2008, peace agreements were concluded with various rebel groups (including the Union des Forces Démocratiques pour le Rassemblement [UFDR]). The agreements provided for […]

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São Tomé and Príncipe Culture and Economy

ECONOMY At the time of independence in 1975, plantation agriculture was largely nationalized; a period of planned economy followed which, instead of relieving the country from the condition of poverty in which it lay, led to a decline in production. In the eighties and nineties of the twentieth century, also thanks to the help of […]

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Zimbabwe 2006

Yearbook 2006 Zimbabwe. Despite Zimbabwe’s dire social and economic problems, the regime showed no signs of reconciling with the opposition. The ZCTU was forced to suspend a series of planned protest actions since the police seized and beat 30 of the country’s top union leaders in September. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Zimbabwe […]

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Zambia 2006

Yearbook 2006 Zambia. Before the general election this autumn, there was turbulence among the political parties. Two new opposition alliances were formed in the hope of defeating President Levy Mwanawasa. He suffered a mild stroke in April and was brought to the UK to receive hospital care. He recovered enough to be eligible for re-election. […]

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Uganda 2006

Yearbook 2006 Uganda. In February, for the first time in over twenty years general elections were held with the participation of several parties. The elections were held in a tense atmosphere but could be carried out without more difficult intermezzon. However, election observers from the EU criticized a number of shortcomings in the arrangements. According […]

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Togo 2006

Yearbook 2006 Togo. After the tumultuous and bloody change of power in 2005, when Faure Gnassingbé took over the presidential post from his suddenly deceased father Gnassingbé Eyadéma, in 2006 a general desire for political reconciliation arose. Symbolically, for the first time in four decades, Independence Day was celebrated on the right date, not on […]

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Tanzania 2006

Yearbook 2006 Tanzania. In January, newly-elected President Jakaya Kikwete presented a government with a strengthened representation of women. Of 29 ministers, seven are women – three more than before – and of 30 deputy prime ministers, ten are women. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Tanzania include Independence Day (December 9) and New Year […]

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Eswatini 2006

Yearbook 2006 Swaziland. In early 2006, arrests of members of the banned opposition movement PUDEMO (People’s United Democratic Movement) continued, which were accused of participating in a series of fire bomb attacks against police and government officials’ homes last year. Among those arrested were PUDEMO Secretary-General Bonginkhosi Dlamini. The charges involved attempted murder and high […]

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Sudan 2006

Yearbook 2006 Sudan. One of the conflicts in Sudan was broken in October, when rebels in the country’s east signed a peace agreement with the government. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Sudan include Independence Day (January 1) and New Year (January 1). The agreement followed the pattern of the southern region by promising […]

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South Africa 2006

Yearbook 2006 South Africa. In February, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel presented a budget for 2006/07 characterized by extensive tax cuts, which were made possible by greatly increased tax collection. In the first place, the tax cuts were aimed at low- and middle-income earners, but small businesses also benefited in the hope that this would lead […]

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Seychelles 2006

Yearbook 2006 Seychelles. In July, incumbent President James Michel was re-elected with 54% of the vote. Michel represents the Seychelles Progressive People’s Front (SPPF), which has been a ruling party since 1977. The main opponent, Wavel Ramkalawan of the Seychelles National Party (SNP), got 46%. The economy was the most important issue in the electoral […]

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Sao Tome and Principe 2006

Yearbook 2006 São Tomé and Príncipe. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in São Tomé and Príncipe include Independence Day (July 12) and New Year (January 1). Foreign Minister Ovidio Pequeno was dismissed in March after accusations of having transferred Moroccan aid worth approximately SEK 3.5 million. to own bank accounts in Europe. Prosecutions of […]

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Rwanda 2006

Yearbook 2006 Rwanda. At year-end, Rwanda’s twelve provinces were converted to four, with names after the weather. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Rwanda include Independence Day (July 1) and New Year (January 1). The capital Kigali forms its own, fifth province. The reason for the reform was said to be a wish for […]

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Namibia 2006

Yearbook 2006 Namibia. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Namibia include Independence Day (March 21) and New Year (January 1). The South African bank and insurance company Old Mutual announced plans for the largest transfer to date in N. of financial influence to the black population. Assets worth approximately SEK 300 million. will be […]

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Mozambique 2006

Yearbook 2006 Mozambique. Investments in continued economic progress characterized Mozambique in 2006. The World Bank wrote off a debt of just over SEK 9 billion. according to the debt relief plan agreed upon by the rich G8 group at its summit in Scotland in 2005. The repayments would have cost Mozambique over SEK 900 million. […]

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Morocco 2006

Yearbook 2006 Morocco. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Morocco include Independence Day (November 18) and New Year (January 1). Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero visited Spanish enclaves Melilla and Ceuta on Morocco’s north coast on January 31. It was the first official visit of a Spanish leader in 25 years. The […]

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Mauritius 2006

Yearbook 2006 Mauritius. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Mauritius include Independence Day (March 12) and New Year (January 1). Tourism, one of Mauritius’s main sources of income, declined at the beginning of the year due to outbreaks of the so-called chikungunya virus. The mosquito-borne virus was transmitted from island to island in the […]

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Malawi 2006

Yearbook 2006 Malawi. A furious power struggle took up most of the political leaders’ time throughout the year. In 2005, the former ruling party United Democratic Front (UDF) had initiated a civil trial against the new president Bingu wa Mutharika. violated a number of Parliament’s rules. The process appeared mainly as a revenge for forming […]

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Madagascar 2006

Yearbook 2006 Madagascar. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Madagascar include Independence Day (June 26) and New Year (January 1). The President of Parliament was appointed in May. He was charged with treason after praising the Iranian nuclear research program during a visit to Iran. In December, Marc Ravalomanana was re-elected as president in […]

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Lesotho 2006

Yearbook 2006 Lesotho. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Lesotho include Independence Day (October 4) and New Year (January 1). Domestic political temperature began to rise before the 2007 parliamentary elections. One of the government’s most influential members, Minister of Science and Communication Tom Thabane, resigned in October and formed a new party, the […]

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Kenya 2006

Yearbook 2006 Kenya. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Kenya include Independence Day (December 12) and New Year (January 1). Kenya has long been designated as one of the world’s most corrupt countries, and much of the news flow in 2006 was about economic scandals, which include resulted in the World Bank stopping the […]

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Ivory Coast 2006

Yearbook 2006 Ivory Coast. The Ivory Coast’s political crisis persisted throughout the year. A January recommendation by the UN Security Council to dissolve Parliament, as its mandate expired, triggered riots in the largest city of Abidjan. Members of “Young Patriots”, a militant group supporting President Laurent Gbagbo, vandalized UN property and some UN personnel were […]

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Ghana 2006

Yearbook 2006 Ghana. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Ghana include Independence Day (March 6) and New Year (January 1). The government began to pay damages to a couple of thousand people who have been subjected to abuse during previous military dictatorships. These are relatively small amounts to each, a total of just over […]

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Gabon 2006

Yearbook 2006 Gabon. After being re-elected in November 2005, President Omar Bongo formed a new government in January. The country got a new prime minister, Jean Eyeghe Ndong, and a few more female ministers, but analysts did not expect a political course change. The Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG) retained as expected government power after a […]

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Ethiopia 2006

Yearbook 2006 Ethiopia. The trial of well over 100 opposition politicians, journalists and human rights activists continued in 2006. They were prosecuted in 2005 for treason and genocide in connection with unrest following parliamentary elections, in which they claimed the regime had cheated. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Ethiopia include Independence Day (July […]

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Eritrea 2006

Yearbook 2006 During the year, Eritrea found itself in constant conflict with the UN, which was accused by the government of trying to see between its fingers that Ethiopia did not fulfill the terms of the peace agreement that concluded two years of war in 2000. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Eritrea include […]

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Djibouti 2006

Yearbook 2006 Djibouti. In mid-November, Djibouti hosted a summit under COMESA, the common market for 21 countries in eastern and southern Africa. During his 2007 presidency, Djibouti will try to strengthen the cooperation, said President Ismail Omar Guelleh. At least 113 people died on April 6 when an overloaded ferry sank and sank in the […]

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Comoros 2006

Yearbook 2006 Comoros. On May 26, Ahmed Abdallah Sambi took office as new Union President after first winning a primary election on the island of Nzwani (Anjouan) and later a national election with three candidates. According to the country’s political system, with the distribution of power between the islands, this time the president would come […]

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Botswana 2006

Yearbook 2006 Botswana. After applying free schooling for over twenty years, the country’s government reintroduced fees for upper secondary schools at the beginning of the year. The decision was justified by the need for savings due to reduced state income. The measure sparked protests and critics claimed it would lead parents to keep their children […]

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Benin 2006

Yearbook 2006 Benin. After ruling Benin for three decades, President Mathieu Kérékou resigned in April. He gave the country stability after a long period of military coups, first as a Marxist-Leninist dictator, in recent years as advocates of democracy and market economy. In the 2006 election, he was not allowed to stand for age reasons. […]

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Angola 2006

Yearbook 2006 Angola. Angola characterized a very strong economic expansion in 2006. The country is the second largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa and developed during the year into China’s largest oil supplier. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Angola include Independence Day (November 11) and New Year (January 1). China granted US $ […]

Cape Town, South Africa
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Major Cities in South Africa

Johannesburg Johannesburg is one of the largest and most prosperous metropolises in Africa, has the “most famous” townships in South Africa and has a very varied cultural scene to offer. The city is divided into several quarters which are very different from each other and where each has interesting insights into South African history, culture […]

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Africa Exploration

About 600 BC sailed a Phoenician expedition posted by Egyptian Pharaoh Necho II, around Africa. It sailed from east to west, and Herodotus reports that the expedition saw the sun on the right hand, i.e. in the north. Find African population information, please visit Countryaah. Country Population growth (percent) Mortality / death rate (per 1000 […]

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African Capitals

Morocco According to Countryaah.com, Morocco is a country in northwestern Africa. It borders Western Sahara to the southwest, and Algeria to the east. The capital is Rabat and Casablanca is the country’s largest city. The official language is Arabic. In addition, Berber is spoken in parts of the country, just as French and Spanish are […]

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Algeria 2006

Yearbook 2006 Algeria. US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld visited Algeria on February 12 in connection with a tour of the region and discussed, among other things. joint efforts against terrorism and military cooperation. Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Algeria on March 10 and during the visit it was announced that Russia had written off […]

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Burkina Faso 2006

Yearbook 2006 Burkina Faso. The aggressive form of bird flu, H5N1, spread throughout the year to several African countries, including Burkina Faso. In April, the first three cases were found on a bird farm just outside the capital Ouagadougou. Later, the infection was discovered in several places, usually in small chicken farms that many people […]

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Burundi 2006

Yearbook 2006 Burundi. Following continued sporadic fighting during the year, the last armed hut movement, the National Liberation Forces (FNL), entered into a cease-fire agreement with the government in October. All members of the FNL were granted legal immunity for political crimes, but not for war crimes, which will be examined by a future Truth […]

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Cabo Verde 2006

Yearbook 2006 Cape Verde. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Cape Verde include Independence Day (July 5) and New Year (January 1). Cape Verde’s political course is fixed after parliamentary and presidential elections at the beginning of the year. The old Liberation Party PAICV retained government power after winning 40 of Parliament’s 72 seats […]

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Cameroon 2006

Yearbook 2006 Cameroon. In May, Cameroon became the 19th country to qualify for the World Bank’s and the International Monetary Fund’s debt-cancellation program for particularly heavily indebted countries. The equivalent of close to SEK 9 billion. was postponed, since Cameroon met the requirements for reduced poverty and increased social investment. However, as a condition for […]

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Central African Republic 2006

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 […]

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Chad 2006

Yearbook 2006 Chad. In January, Parliament decided to postpone the parliamentary elections for a year, which was criticized by the opposition. Parliament’s justification was that the country could not afford to hold two elections the same year, presidential elections would be held later in the year. It was reported at the beginning of the year […]

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Democratic Republic of the Congo 2006

Yearbook 2006 Congo. In February, the UN, the EU, the Red Cross and other organizations appealed to the world’s countries for about SEK 5 billion. in humanitarian aid to Democratic Republic of the Congo. The situation in the disintegrated and poor country is disastrous. Millions lack decent human housing, the sanitary conditions are terrible, there […]

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Egypt 2006

Yearbook 2006 Egypt. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Egypt include Independence Day (July 23) and New Year (January 1). The US suspended negotiations on trade agreements with Egypt in January in protest of opposition politician Ayman Nur being sentenced in December 2005 to five years in prison for falsifying documents when his party […]

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Equatorial Guinea 2006

Yearbook 2006 Equatorial Guinea. Prime Minister Miguel Abia Biteo Borico resigned in August with his entire government after being criticized by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema for incompetence and corruption. He was replaced by former Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Mangue Obama Nfubea, a lawyer with long government experience. Nfubea became the first Prime Minister of Equatorial […]

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Gambia 2006

Yearbook 2006 The Gambia. A total of 47 people were reported to have been arrested in March and April for participating in an alleged coup attempt. Among the arrested were military as well as civilians. As coup leader, the government appointed a former Army Chief of Staff who was said to have moved to Senegal. […]

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Guinea 2006

Yearbook 2006 Guinea. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Guinea include Independence Day (October 2) and New Year (January 1). President Lansana Conté has been ill in diabetes for several years and, according to some information, also suffers from leukemia. His fragile state of health paved the way for power struggles within the government […]

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Guinea-Bissau 2006

Yearbook 2006 Guinea Bissau. In January, the Supreme Court ruled that the appointment of Prime Minister Aristides Gomes via decree 2005 did not contravene the Constitution, as former Gov. Carlos Gomes Júnior argued. Both are members of the same party, PAIGC (African Independence Party of Guinea and Cape Verde). Conflicts between various factions of the […]

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Liberia 2006

Yearbook 2006 Liberia. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took office in January as president after a convincing election victory in December 2005. She is Africa’s first elected female head of state. As Finance Minister, she appointed a colleague from her time at the World Bank, Antoinette Sayeh, while the country’s most experienced diplomat, George Wallace, became Foreign […]