List of heads of state of the Central African Republic

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President of the
Central African Republic
Président de la
République centrafricaine
Coat of arms of the Central African Republic.svg
Faustin Touadera - 2019 (portrait).jpg
Incumbent
Faustin-Archange Touadéra

since 30 March 2016
ResidenceRenaissance Palace, Bangui
SeatBangui
Term lengthFive years, renewable once
Inaugural holderDavid Dacko
Formation12 December 1960
21 September 1979 (office reestablished)
Salary3 049 Euros per month[1]

This article lists the heads of state of the Central African Republic.

Heads of state[change | change source]

Name
(Birth–Death)
Portrait Elected Term of office Political affiliations Notes
Took office Left office Time in office
Central African Republic
French: République centrafricaine
Sango: Ködörösêse tî Bêafrîka
David Dacko
(1930–2003)
President of the Provisional Government
David Dacko 1962-08-08.jpg 14 August 1960[2] 12 December 1960[A] 5 years, 140 days MESAN Dacko served as president of the government from 1 May 1959[3] until the country declared its independence on 13 August 1960.[4]
David Dacko
(1930–2003)
President
1964 12 December 1960 1 January 1966[5]
Jean-Bédel Bokassa
(1921–1996)
President
Bokassa portrait (cropped).jpg 1 January 1966[B] 4 December 1976 10 years, 338 days Military Bokassa seized power from Dacko in a successful coup d'état. He changed his name to Salah Eddine Ahmed Bokassa after converting to Islam on 20 October 1976.[6]
MESAN[C]
Central African Empire
French: Empire centrafricain
Bokassa I
(1921–1996)
Emperor
Bokassa portrait (cropped).jpg 4 December 1976[D] 21 September 1979[7] 2 years, 291 days MESAN Bokassa spent approximately US$20 million—one third of the country's annual budget—on his coronation ceremony on 4 December 1977.[8]
Central African Republic
French: République centrafricaine
Sango: Ködörösêse tî Bêafrîka
David Dacko
(1930–2003)
President
David Dacko 1962-08-08.jpg 1981 21 September 1979[E] 1 September 1981[9] 1 year, 345 days MESAN This was Dacko's second time as president of the Central African Republic. In February 1980, Dacko established the Central African Democratic Union (UDC) as the country's only political party.[10]
UDC
André Kolingba
(1936–2010)
Chairman of the Military Committee of National Recovery
No image.png 1 September 1981[F] 21 September 1985[G] 12 years, 51 days Military Kolingba seized power from Dacko in a successful coup d'état. Ange-Félix Patassé, with the assistance of François Bozizé, launched an unsuccessful coup d'état against the Kolingba government on 3 March 1982.[11]
André Kolingba
(1936–2010)
President and Head of State
21 September 1985 21 November 1986 Kolingba established the Central African Democratic Rally (RDC) as the country's only party in May 1986.[12]
RDC
André Kolingba
(1936–2010)
President
1986[H] 21 November 1986 22 October 1993
Ange-Félix Patassé
(1937–2011)
President
No image.png 1993[I]
1999
22 October 1993[13] 15 March 2003 9 years, 144 days MLPC Bozizé launched an unsuccessful coup d'état against the Patassé government on 28 May 2001.[14]
François Bozizé
(born 1946)
President
François Bozizé 2007-10-26.jpg 2005
2011
15 March 2003[J][15] 24 March 2013 10 years, 9 days Military Bozizé seized power from Patassé in a successful coup d'état. Shortly after, he appointed Abel Goumba as Prime Minister. Goumba had served as acting Prime Minister in 1959, before being overthrown by Dacko.[16]
Independent
Michel Djotodia
(born 1949)
President
Michel Djotodia in 2020.jpg 24 March 2013[K] 18 August 2013 292 days Military Djotodia was the leader of the Séléka rebel coalition in the ongoing civil war.
Michel Djotodia
(born 1949)
Head of State of the Transition
18 August 2013 10 January 2014[L]
Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet
(born 1972)
Acting Head of State of the Transition
Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet 2013.jpg 10 January 2014 23 January 2014 13 days RPR Nguendet succeeded Djotodia after his resignation due to the continued conflict.
Catherine Samba-Panza
(born 1954)
Head of State of the Transition
Catherine Samba-Panza 2014-09-26.jpg 23 January 2014 30 March 2016 2 years, 67 days Independent Samba-Panza became the first female head of state of the Central African Republic.
Faustin-Archange Touadéra
(born 1957)
President
Faustin Touadera - 2019 (portrait).jpg 2015–16
2020–21
30 March 2016 Incumbent 5 years, 78 days Independent Previously, Touadéra served as Prime Minister under Bozizé from 2008 until 2013.
MCU

References[change | change source]

  1. "Salaire des chefs d'Etat africains : Macky Sall parmi les Présidents les plus mal payés..." Dakarbuzz. 8 August 2017.
  2. Kalck 2005, p. xxxii
  3. Kalck 2005, p. 198
  4. Kalck 2005, p. xxxi
  5. Titley 1997, p. 28
  6. Kalck 2005, p. xxxiv
  7. Kalck 2005, p. 199
  8. Carlson, Peter (19 May 2007), "His Diplomatic Coup: Getting Them on the Record", The Washington Post, retrieved 8 June 2008
  9. Kalck 2005, p. xxxix
  10. Kalck 2005, p. 54
  11. Kalck 2005, p. 155
  12. Kalck 2005, p. 113
  13. The World Factbook 2002, Directorate of Intelligence, 2002, ISBN 0-16-067601-0, archived from the original on 18 June 2008
  14. "Situation "confused" after apparent coup attempt", IRIN, 28 May 2001, retrieved 8 June 2008
  15. Kalck 2005, p. lxxiii
  16. "Bozize appoints prime minister", IRIN, 24 March 2003, retrieved 8 June 2008