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.