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Yearbook 2011

Central African Republic. According to Countryaah official site, President François Bozizé was re-elected in January with just over 64% of the vote and his party Kwa Na Kwa (Labor, nothing but Labor) retained its grip on Parliament with 61 out of 105 seats. The election campaigns and election days were carried out without more serious incidents, but the opposition bitterly complained of major shortcomings in the arrangements and was supported by both domestic election observers and representatives of the African Union. In the second round of the parliamentary elections, voter interest was reported to have been very low since an almost unified opposition called for a boycott. However, the Constitutional Court rejected all complaints and declared Bozizé as the winner.

The president's toughest opponent in the election, former Prime Minister Ange-Félix Patassé whom Bozizé deposed in a coup in 2003, passed away in April in a Cameroon hospital. Patassé, which suffered from diabetes, had previously on a few occasions been denied leave to seek care abroad.

During the year, the government signed a peace agreement with the last active rebel group, the Patriotic Collection for Justice and Peace (CPJP). Also a breakaway group from the CPJP joined the peace agreement which states that the rebels should be disarmed and re-incorporated into society.

2011 Central African Republic

 

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