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Here are some interesting facts about Central African Republic - Category: Introduction - Background: The former French colony of Ubangi-Shari became the Central African Republic upon independence in 1960. After three tumultuous decades of misrule - mostly by military governments - civilian rule was established in 1993 and lasted for one decade. President Ange-Felix PATASSE's civilian government was plagued by unrest, and in March 2003 he was deposed in a military coup led by General Francois BOZIZE, who established a transitional government. Though the government has the tacit support of civil society groups and the main parties, a wide field of candidates contested the municipal, legislative, and presidential elections held in March and May of 2005 in which General BOZIZE was affirmed as president. The government still does not fully control the countryside, where pockets of lawlessness persist. Unrest in neighboring nations, Chad, Sudan, and the DRC, continues to affect stability in the Central African Republic as well.

Category: Government - Independence: 13 August 1960 (from France)

Category: People - Ethnic groups (%): Baya 33%, Banda 27%, Mandjia 13%, Sara 10%, Mboum 7%, M'Baka 4%, Yakoma 4%, other 2%

Category: Economy - GDP - real growth rate (%): 4% (2008 estimate)

Category: Geography - Land use (%): arable land: 3.1%; permanent crops: 0.15%; other: 96.75% (2005)

Category: Transportation - Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 48; 2,438 to 3,047 m: 1; 1,524 to 2,437 m: 10; 914 to 1,523 m: 24; under 914 m: 13 (2007)

Category: Communications - Internet hosts: 21 (2008)

Category: Military - Military expenditures (% of GDP): 1.1% of GDP (2006 estimate)

Category: Transnational Issues - Disputes - international: periodic skirmishes over water and grazing rights among related pastoral populations along the border with southern Sudan persist

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  1. Military - Military expenditures (% of GDP): 1.1% of GDP (2006 estimate)

  2. Communications - Television broadcast stations: 1 (2001)

  3. Communications - Telephones - main lines in use: 12,000 (2006)

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2028.html