Bokassa I

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Bokassa I

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(Biography) original name Jean Bedel Bokassa. 1921–96, president of the Central African Republic (1972–76); emperor of the renamed Central African Empire from 1976 until overthrown in 1979
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Former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, later disgraced for accepting personal gifts of diamonds from Central African Republic's self-declared Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa, bought uranium from the African state for France's nuclear industry.
Former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, umanity through development projects," he told the Thomson Reuters Foulater disgraced for accepting personal gifts of diamonds from Central African Republic's self-declared Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa, bought uranium from the African state for France's nuclear industry.
Central African Republic: Once the home of notorious dictator Jean-Bedel Bokassa Chad: Large but sparsely populated African desert nation Comoros: Island nation off the east coast of Africa Djibouti: On the Horn of Africa and home to under a million people Dominica: This Caribbean nation only has the population of a medium-sized town Equatorial Guinea: Another west African nation Gabon: Just south of Equatorial Guinea but a good deal larger Guatemala: Central American state is home to 15 million people Guinea: Another in West Africa, as is.
But Valery Giscard d'Estaing's close links with friendly African leaders helped contribute to his defeat in the 1981 presidential elections when many voters punished him for accepting a gift of diamonds from Central Africa's Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa.
All of them, from the self-crowned Emperor Jean-Bedel Bokassa in 1965 to presidents David Dacko (1979), Andre Kolingba (1981), Ange-Felix Patasse (1993), Francois Bozize (2003), and Michel Djotodia (2013), have been unable to establish effective political structures and processes that could have controlled the manipulation of cultural, social, and political divisions between the people from the Ubangui River in the south and those from the savannah in the north.
Some 100,000 people are active in the mining sector but the most involved have always been the country's presidents themselves, starting with Jean-Bedel Bokassa, the former self-anointed emperor.
It is perhaps best remembered as the base of the grotesque Jean-Bedel Bokassa, who crowned himself emperor in the 1970 in a ceremony that cost an estimated one-third of the national budget.
The most notorious exhibition of France's continued tutelage over CAR occurred in 1977, when the French puppet of the time, Jean-Bedel Bokassa, crowned himself as an "emperor".
His seven year term (1964-1971), however, was cut short by a coup d'etat carried out by his cousin, army commander Jean-Bedel Bokassa.
The worst was Jean-Bedel Bokassa, who proclaimed himself emperor of the "Central African Empire" and used his "Imperial Guard" to murder people, including schoolchildren, who defied his rule, but even he had little impact on life outside Bangui, the capital.
Bozize himself seized power in a 2003 coup in the chronically unstable country, where eccentric leader Jean-Bedel Bokassa seized power on New Year's Day 1966 before declaring himself emperor in 1976 and eventually being ousted three years later.
Since gaining independence in 1960, CAR has endured a coterie of presidents, military leaders and even a self-styled emperor--the late and notorious Jean-Bedel Bokassa, who was overthrown in 1979.
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