Central African Republic

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1960

1960

The Central African Republic becomes independent. David Dacko became the 1st president.

1965

1965

Jean-Bedel Bokassa takes power for Dacko

1972

1972

Bokassa declares himself president for life.

1976

1976

Bokassa proclaims himself emperor and renames the country the "Central African Empire".

1979

1979

Dacko take control back from Bokassa.

1981

1981 - 1993

Central African Republic is under military rule.

1993

1993

Ange-Felix Patasse beats Andre Kolingba and Dacko in elections to become president.

2003

2003

Francois Bozize seizes Bangui, declares himself president and dissolves parliament.

2010

2010

50th independence anniversary.

2011

2011

The charity Medecins Sans Frontieres warns that the Central country is in a state of chronic medical emergency because of epidemic diseases, conflict, an economic downturn and a poor health system.