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Central African Republic

Yearbook 1998

Central African Republic. In March, the UN Security Council appointed a 1,350 peacekeeping force to replace a French-led African troop that monitored the ceasefire entered into in February 1997 following a year of army revolts. The UN force was named MINURCA (Mission des Nations Unies en République Centrafricaine). The political reconciliation process continued with the formation of an independent election commission in July. However, the fact that the President of the Commission was directly appointed by President Ange-Félix Patassé caused some protests from politicians who questioned his impartiality.

1998 Central African Republic

According to Countryaah, Parliamentary elections were held in November and December without more serious disruptions. Neither Patassé's ruling party The Movement for the Liberation of the Central African People (Mouvement pour la Liberatión du Peuple Centrafricain, MLPC) nor an opposition alliance, formed after the first round of elections and consisting of eight parties, gained no majority. The opposition initially said it had received enough support from partyless members to form a government, but a week later, Patassé's party claimed that it had secured a majority since five independent parliamentarians and one opposition politician joined the government.

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