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Yearbook 1999

Central African Republic. At the beginning of the year, the opposition boycotted the work of the new parliament, which was elected in December 1998, in protest of a member of the opposition switching sides, which gave the government parties an overweight with a single mandate. Former Finance and Budget Minister Anicet Georges Dologuélé was appointed prime minister, but had difficulty with the formation of the government because the unexpected majority shift caused unrest even within their own ranks. The unifying government formed in 1997 after civil disputes was replaced by a government dominated by President Ange-Félix Patassé's party The Movement for the Liberation of the Central African People (MLPC).

1999 Central African Republic

In September, presidential elections were held. The election was postponed twice due to organizational problems, and the election campaign was disturbed by some violence. However, the election itself was conducted without hindrance, but the result - 51.63% of the votes of President Patassé in the first round - aroused protests from the nine losers, who demanded that the election be annulled. Foreign observers saw no obvious signs of cheating, and the Constitutional Court determined the result. Prime Minister Dologuélé gained renewed confidence and in November formed a new government dominated by MLPC.

According to Countryaah official website, the UN peacekeeping force MINURCA, which since March 1998 supervised the 1997 peace agreement, will be engaged in "peace-building" operations until its liquidation on February 15, 2000.

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