n African Security Review - Security brief : Africa watch

Volume 12, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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Extracted from text ... CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: BOZIZ? REPLACES PATASS? On the afternoon of Saturday 15 March 2002, about 1,000 rebel troops loyal to erstwhile chief of staff General Fran?ois Boziz? entered Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, virtually unopposed and seized con-trol of the airport and presidential palace before securing the entire city. President Patass?, returning from a regional summit in Niger, learned of his predicament when his aircraft was fired upon as it approached Bangui. The pilot diverted to Cameroon, where Patass? was given refuge. On local radio on Sunday night General Boziz? was introduced to listeners as the new head of state. He announced that he was sus-pending the constitution and dissolving par-liament. A ten-day overnight ..

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