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2000s continued

  • (2004) New constitution approved in referendum, included provision for a five-year presidential term, renewable one time
  • (2005) Bozize declared president in first free election since the coup
  • (2005) Conflicts in northern CAR caused thousands to flee to Chad
  • (2005) Severe flooding in Bangui left over 20,000 homeless
  • (2006) CAR authorities accused former President Patasse of forming rebel movement and recruiting fighters to overthrow the government while in exile
  • (2006) Army camp attack killed 33, including two soldiers from Chad
  • (2006) Former President Patasse found guilty of fraud, sentenced to 20 years hard labor
  • (2006) Rebels seized Birao in northeast CAR, caused early return of President Bozize from overseas visit
  • (2006) Rebels seized Ouadda Djalla
  • (2006) France aided CAR's army with logistical and aerial reconnaissance, seized back towns captured by rebels
  • (2007) Peace accord signed by People's Democratic Front, rebel group led by Abdoulaye Miskine and President Bozize
  • (2007) International Criminal Court said it would investigate war crimes committed in 2002, 2003 after failed coup attempt against President Patasse
  • (2007) United Nations authorized peacekeeping force to help protect CAR civilians from violence spreading from Darfur, Sudan
  • (2008) Prime Minister Dote resigned; President Bozize appointed academic Faustin-Archange Touadera as new prime minister
  • (2008) Civil servants and teachers went on strike protesting non-payment of salaries for several months
  • (2008) Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army raided CAR
  • (2008) Peace agreement signed between two major rebel groups and government
  • (2008) Parliament passed amnesty law to bring successful conclusion to peace talks between rebels and government
  • (2008) Peace agreement proposed joint government with representatives from rebel groups holding offices following elections in 2010
  • (2009) Plans for national unity government announced which included leaders from two main rebel forces be placed in ministerial posts, opposition parties said plans were insufficient
  • (2009) Lord's Resistance Army of Uganda again conducted raids
  • (2009) French troops sent to Bangui following rebel incursions
  • (2009) United Nations agreed to increase presence in CAR due to increasing conflict between rebels and government troops
  • (2009) Parliament approved new election law establishing electoral commission
  • (2009) Former President Patasse returned from exile, indicated he might stand for presidency in 2010
  • (2010) International human rights groups, French government called for investigation into claims that rebel leader, Charles Massi, was tortured and killed while in government custody
  • (2010) President Bozize announced elections would be held April 25
  • (2010) Opposition rejected election date, elections postponed, Parliament extended President Bozize's term
2000s continued
  • (2010) Town of Birao in northern CAR attacked by rebels
  • (2010) CAR, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, South Sudan agreed to coordinate joint military response to Lord's Resistance Army
  • (2010) Rebel group took control of Birao, killed several government troops
  • (2010) During 50th anniversary of independence celebrations, President Bozize issued decree rehabilitating all the rights of former Emperor Bokassa
  • (2011) In presidential and parliamentary elections, President Bozize was reelected
  • (2011) Six people killed, dozens abducted by Lord's Resistance Army rebels in attack on village of Nzako
  • (2011) Former President Patasse died
  • (2011) Last major rebel group signed ceasefire with government
  • (2011) Fighting broke out between armed rivals over control of diamond mines, 43 killed
  • (2012) Taxi and bus drivers staged one-day strike in protest of fuel price increases
  • (2012) Military forces deployed to search for Lord's Resistance Army leader, Joseph Kony
  • (2012) Three major rebel groups united, formed Seleka Coalition, launched new offensive against government forces
  • (2012) Seleka Coalition captured three towns in northern CAR
  • (2012) Chad sent troops to help defend capital city of Bangui from rebel forces
  • (2013) Seleka rebels and government reached peace agreement, included formation of power-sharing government
  • (2013) Despite ceasefire agreement, Seleka rebels advanced toward Bangui; France sent additional troops, President Bozize fled to Cameroon
  • (2013) Rebels seized Bangui
  • (2013) Seleka rebel leader, Michel Djotodia, announced he would stay in power until 2016 when President Bozize's term ends
  • (2013) Michel Djotodia suspended constitution, dissolved parliament, announced caretaker government
  • (2013) African Union suspended CAR, ordered sanctions against Seleka rebels
  • (2013) President Bozize requested exile in Benin

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Flag of Central African Republic
Land Area 622,984 km2
Total Area 622,984km2 (#44)
Population 5,507,257 (#116)
Population Density 8.84/km2
Government Type Presidential Republic
GDP (PPP) $3.21 Billion
GDP Per Capita $700
Currency Franc (XAF)
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