Ange Félix Patassé

Ange Félix Patassé

Ange Félix Patassé (* 25. January 1937 in Paoua) was a president of the Central African republic from 1993 to 2003.

1959, one year before the independence of its country, he locked the academy for tropical agriculture in Nogent sur Marne, France. In December 1965 president at that time David Dacko appointed it the agriculture and development Minister.

When Jean Bédel Bokassa came 1966 to power, Patassé won fast its favour and worked many years long as a Minister in different departments. To 8. December 1976 appointed it Bokassa the prime minister. One year later it participated in the extravaganten ceremony, in which Bokassa crowned itself to the emperor. But Patassé turned away and became from all its offices to dismiss. It fled to Paris.

When Bokassa in one of France supported Putsch was set off, the reinserted Dacko imposed house arrest over Patassé. This tried to Chad to flee, was however again arrested. Later it was again released however for health reasons.

He stood as a candidate in the elections of 1981 and won 38 per cent of the voices, lost thus against Dacko. When these six months later in a Putsch from André Kolingba one set off, and parties were forbidden, fled Patassé again to France. It was 1982 involved in a Putschversuch, which failed however, so that he fled first to Togo and then to France.

he stood as a candidate to 1993 again with the elections, this time as a leader of the movement for the release of the Central African people (MPLC), and won against Kolingba and Abel Goumba. To 22. Octobers of the yearly it took up the office business. In May 1996 there was a anti-French revolt, which he could strike down with the help of François Bozizés. A further rebellion at the beginning of of 1997 could be terminated again with the assistance Bozizés and troops from Burkina Faso, Chad , Gabon , Mali , Senegal and Togo.

In the presidency elections in September 1999 Patassé won against Kolingba in the first passage with approximately 51.6 per cent of the voices. Some opposition leaders called the results manipulated and François Bozizé started several rebellions.

Patassé left 2003 the country, in order to drive on a conference in the Niger, and during its absence Bozizé brought to 15. March the capital Bangui under one force. Although the Putsch was internationally condemned, one did not undertake an attempt to set the new leader off. Patassé lives now in Togo in the exile.

Although he was nominated by his party in November 2004 to the presidency candidate, one forbade to him to 30. December the participation in the elections, because the constitutional court problems with its birth certificate determined. It was one of seven candidates, who became closed for the choice. Because of a legal procedure all are up to Patassé after the signing of an agreement to 22. January in Libreville, Gabon, again certified. To him is accused 70 billion CFA franc from the state budget to have stolen he has this however in an interview of 21. December 2004 disclaims. In addition it is accused of after a failed Putschversuch in the year 2002 war crimes to have committed. Patassé explained the agreement of Libreville for futile, whereupon its party Patassés let last prime minister Martin Ziguélé for the choice set up.


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