Overview Central African Republic

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President Faustin-Archange Touadera was re-elected on December 27, 2020, in tumultuous conditions with a low turnout rate. On January 13, 2021, the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) launched an attack on Bangui in an attempt to overthrow the government. As a result, the government announced a state of emergency on January 21, 2021.

The COVID-19 pandemic greatly affected the economy, decreasing world demand for the country’s main export items (diamonds and timber) and closing borders. While waiting for its main export destinations to recover, the biggest challenge will be to maintain the interest of the international donor community.

Structural constraints severely restricted the political leadership’s governance capacity. The government continued to facilitate conditions of impunity and allowed corruption to continue. Successful state-building is necessary to fulfill the enormous humanitarian needs and eradicate civil conflict across the country.

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