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Yearbook 1997

Central African Republic. According to Countryaah, the unrest that began with a number of army revolts in 1996 continued in 1997. The French soldiers who had been in the country since April 1996 kept a low profile until early January 1997. Then revolters killed two French officers in an ambush in the capital Bangui, and the French the troops responded by firing ten revolvers and capturing another 30.

1997 Central African Republic

On February 18, a new national unity government was declared after several weeks of negotiations between the former government and opposition groups. General Amani Toumani Touré from Mali had acted as mediator. The 28-headed government contained members from ten different parties. The most important items, however, went to President Ange-Félix Patassé's party Movement for the Liberation of Peuple Centrafricain (MLPC) and with this allied parties. Michel Gbezera-Bria became new prime minister.

In February, peacekeeping troops from Gabon, Senegal and Togo arrived to take over after the French troops called in to maintain the order after the April 1996 revolt.. According to this agreement, the force would stay in the Central African Republic for six months, receive soldiers from Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali as well, and a total of 500 people.

In March, the National Assembly voted to give the revolvers amnesty, an amnesty that would only include those who surrendered their weapons within 15 days. A week later, clashes between revolvers and soldiers from the peacekeeping force took place. In new meetings between the president and the revolt leader, Captain Anicet Saulet, the president was pressed for concessions. In early May, the mysterious disappearance of three revolvers led to new unrest. In July, a certain calm occurred after a ceasefire agreement between the revolvers and the inter-African force was signed. Most revolvers returned their weapons and returned to their sites.

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