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    Central African Republic Government - 1990

      Long-form name: Central African Republic (no short-form name); abbreviated CAR

      Type: republic, one-party presidential regime since 1986

      Capital: Bangui

      Administrative divisions: 14 prefectures (prefectures, singular--prefecture) and 2 economic prefectures* (prefectures economiques, singular--prefecture economique); Bamingui-Bangoran, Basse-Kotto, Gribingui*, Haute-Kotto, Haute-Sangha, Haut-Mbomou, Kemo-Gribingui, Lobaye, Mbomou, Nana-Mambere, Ombella-Mpoko, Ouaka, Ouham, Ouham-Pende, Sangha*, Vakaga; note--there may be a new autonomous commune of Bangui

      Independence: 13 August 1960 (from France; formerly Central African Empire)

      Constitution: 21 November 1986

      Legal system: based on French law

      National holiday: National Day (proclamation of the republic), 1 December (1958)

      Executive branch: president, Council of Ministers (cabinet)

      Legislative branch: bicameral Congress consists of an upper house or Economic and Regional Council (Conseil Economique et Regional) and a lower house or National Assembly (Assemblee Nationale)

      Judicial branch: Supreme Court (Cour Supreme)

      Leaders: Chief of State and Head of Government--President Andre-Dieudonne KOLINGBA (since 1 September 1981)

      Political parties and leaders: only party--Centrafrican Democrtic Rally Party (RDC), Andre-Dieudonne Kolingba

      Suffrage: universal at age 21

      Elections: President--last held 21 November 1986 (next to be held November 1993); results--President Kolingba was reelected without opposition; National Assembly--last held 31 July 1987 (next to be held July 1992); results--RDC is the only party; seats--(total) RDC 52

      Communists: small number of Communist sympathizers

      Member of: ACP, AfDB, CCC, Conference of East and Central African States, EAMA, ECA, FAO, G-77, GATT, IBRD, ICAO, ICO, IDA, IFAD, ILO, IMF, INTELSAT, INTERPOL, ITU, NAM, OAU, OCAM, UDEAC, UEAC, UN, UNESCO, UPU, WHO, WIPO, WMO

      Diplomatic representation: Ambassador Jean-Pierre SOHAHONG-KOMBET; Chancery at 1618 22nd Street NW, Washington DC 20008; telephone (202) 483-7800 or 7801; US--Ambassador Daniel H. SIMPSON; Embassy at Avenue du President David Dacko, Bangui (mailing address is B. P. 924, Bangui); telephone 61-02-00 or 61-25-78, 61-43-33

      Flag: four equal horizontal bands of blue (top), white, green, and yellow with a vertical red band in center; there is a yellow five-pointed star on the hoist side of the blue band

      NOTE: The information regarding Central African Republic on this page is re-published from the 1990 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Central African Republic Government 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Central African Republic Government 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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