Central African Republic 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.
According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Central African Republic include Independence Day (August 13) and New Year (January 1). 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.
Parliamentary candidates are rejected
The Constitutional Court decides to reject all candidates in the parliamentary elections who lead rebel groups. Most of them come from President Faustin Touadera’s Movement for the United Hearts (MCU) party.
Thirteen want to run in the presidential election
13 candidates have registered to run in the December 27 presidential election. Among the more well-known are incumbent President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, who is considered the most likely to win the election, former President François Bozizé, former interim president Catherine Samba-Panza and former prime ministers Anicet-Georges Dologuélé and Martin Ziguélé. Bozizé, who is currently registering his candidacy, is considered to have the greatest chance of challenging Touadéra. He returned to his homeland after several years in exile in Uganda, but it is unclear exactly what date he returned. This is important because a presidential candidate must be able to show that he or she has lived in the country for at least one year in order to stand for election. he seized power in a coup in 2003, but was overthrown ten years later in another coup.