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Central African Republic

Yearbook 1996

Central African Republic. According to, a tense situation prevailed throughout the year between the president and parts of the army. Soldiers who lacked the privileges of the military dictatorship and complained about missing wages revolted both in April and May. The old colonial power France came to the protection of the government and strengthened the military force of about 1,000 men stationed in the capital Bangui. France's intervention in May was met by demonstrations against neo-colonial forms, but the uprising was defeated and the mythists promised amnesty and retroactive pay. In total, the two revolts demanded fifty casualties.

1996 Central African Republic

President Ange-Félix Patassé appointed a national unity government in June, led by former Paris Ambassador Jean-Paul Ngoupandé, but dissatisfaction persisted and in November a new revolt broke out. Now the mythists openly demanded the departure of the president. The crack in the army has ethnic overtones. The Mysteries mainly belong to the Yakoma people from the southern part of the country, from where the former military presidents came. They accuse Patassé of favoring soldiers from their own ethnic group gbaya from the north. After just over three weeks of fighting, which is believed to have cost hundreds of people their lives, a fragile ceasefire was concluded following the mediation of African heads of state.

In early November, former dictator Jean-Bédel Bokassa, at one time, passed away one of Africa's most notorious leaders and 1977-79 self-proclaimed emperor. A promised state burial was canceled due to the unrest in the capital.

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