Central African Republic

The art of midwifing elections in Africa

File photo©Schalk van Zuydam/AP/SIPAMany countries in Africa conduct general elections regularly. Electoral management bodies have the responsibility to ensure free and fair elections. But what are their score cards so far?

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Central African Republic sees biggest economic growth in years

Photo©ReutersCentral African Republic's economy grew by 4.9 percent last year, the biggest growth since 2000 as the country tried to emerge from years of conflict, the deputy governor of the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) said on Tuesday.

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Central African Republic Country Profile 2015: The trials of Samba-Panza

altThe challenges that lie ahead for a return to peace and rule by an elected government in the Central African Republic (CAR) are unlikely to be resolved in 2015.

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CAR on the brink of a failed state

CAR is still struggling to recover from the 2013 coup that ousted President Francois Bozize. File photo©ReutersThe Central African Republic (CAR) is fast becoming a failed State as the government struggles to curtail surging violence that has forced tens of thousands to flee killings, rape and pillaging by militias, a recent report indicates.

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It's as if the whole country has lost its senses

No one needs an alarm clock to wake up in Bangui in recent weeks. The sound of gunfire, sometimes sustained and heavy, has become a morning ritual in the Central African Republic's capital city. To most people here, identifying where the shots come from is a survival skill.

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EU-Africa Summit: All roads lead to Brussels

Europe remains a goal for thousands of migrants ready to risk their lives to leave Africa. Photo©Juan Medina/ReutersThe topics of trade, aid and security are all on the table at the EU-Africa summit on 2-3 April. African negotiators worry about tariff protection, migration issues and financing peace-keeping missions.

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Central African bloc to grow 6.7 pct in 2014: central bank

The economy of the six-nation Central African CEMAC bloc is set to expand by 6.7 percent in 2014 because of a rise in domestic consumption and growth in the non-oil sector, according to the region's monetary policy committee.

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CAR's bloody Christian-Muslim divide continues

The UN believes at least 10,000 troops will be required to stop the marauding Christian groups. Photo©ReutersChristian militia groups in Central African Republic (CAR) to attack and kill Muslims despite strides made in reuniting the war torn country.

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6 people to watch in Central Africa in 2014

Nelida Karr (left), Dieudonné Nzapalainga (top left), Joshua Osih (bottom left), Albert Yuma (top right), Bédoumra Kordjé (bottom right), Serge Thierry Mickoto (right) The Central African sub-region's 2014 people to watch list sees the emergence of new faces as well as some established names from six countries.

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CAR: Work begins for new president

Catherine Samba-Panza, a Chadian-born politician, moved to Central African Republic when she was 18. Photo©ReutersCentral African Republic's new leader Catherine Samba-Panza has been urged to immediately get down to business by restoring order, reconciling the country, and preparing for elections.

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Fighting ends in the Central African Republic

Michel Djotodia’s resignation under pressure from the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) marks a turning point. File Photo©ReutersThe resignation of former Seleka rebel leader-turned president, and the appointment of a Christian interim president has restored calm in the Central African Republic (CAR).

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CAR: More forces needed to restore the peace

Militiamen and former officers of the national army before the March 2013 coup have confirmed they are working together to topple rebel leader-turned-President Michel Djotodia. Photo©ReutersMore troops have been demanded to bolster the French troops and African Union forces already in the in the Central African Republic (CAR), as violence spread to other cities in the country.

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CAR: France begins operation to disarm fighters

French soldiers stand guard during a patrol to check on the safety of French nationals in Bangui November 29, 2013. Photo©REUTERS/Joe PenneyFrench forces have started disarming militants in the Central African Republic following a wave of killings during clashes between rival groups.

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Uganda: LRA's warlord, Kony plans to surrender

Lord's Resistance Army warlord, Joseph Kony has been indicted for war crimes by the ICCElusive jungle warlord, Joseph Kony and his fighters have considered the option of surrendering and be resettled in the Central African Republic, reports emerging from the central African nation claim.

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Tensions grow between CAR and Cameroon

The conflict in the Central African Republic has trickled into Cameroon, threatening an already volatile region, as CAR rebels continue to find their way in neighbouring Cameroon.

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CAR: Muslim-Christian tension on the rise, since coup

Séléka rebels overran Bangui, in March 2013 and overthrew President François Bozizé. Photo©ReutersThe ouster of Central African Republic leader Francois Bozize by the Seleka rebels early this year and the subsequent unrest has sparked religious infighting in the volatile country.

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For now Djotodia holds on in Central African Republic

Demobilising the Séléka rebel alliance will not be easy. Photo©PACOME PABANDJI/AFPInterim president Michel Djotodia has officially dissolved the rebel alliance that brought him to power in December 2012 but which he never fully controlled.

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France calls attention to Central Africa Republic, a potential Somalia

CAR's crisis began after a rebel group known as Seleka ousted the president François Bozizé. Photo©ReutersFrance has called for an immediate intervention in the Central African Republic (CAR) saying the war torn country has degenerated into a chaos.

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Ousting the ousters: A clash for power in the Central African Republic

After his ouster, Francois Bozize was forced to flee to Cameroon by rebel forces known as Seleka/Photo©reutersCentral African Republic has entered into phase two of its civil unrest, as forces loyal to the ousted president embark on guerrilla warfare that has claimed more than 80 lives in two days.

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South Africa denies CAR's wanted ex-president's refuge reports

A 2007 Human Watch Report indicated that during his 10 years in office, Bozize's armed forces engaged in summary executions, unlawful killings, used children as soldiers and many other human rights violations/Photo©ReutersSouth Africa on Thursday denied reports that ousted Central African Republic (CAR) leader Francois Bozize had sought refugee in the country.

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