Oubangi-Shari achieves independence as the Central African Republic

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Saturday, 13 August 1960

Oubangi-Shariachieved independence as the Central African Republic (CAR) with David Dacko, the cousin of the former Prime Minister, Barthélémy Boganda (who died in mysterious circumstances during the presidential election campaign), as president. On 31 December 1965 Dacko was overthrown in the Saint-Sylvestre coup by Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa, who suspended the constitution and dissolved the National Assembly.

On 23 March 2013, about 13 South African soldiers were killed when they were attacked by rebel fighters near the CAR’s capital, Bangui. Another 27 were left wounded. A 14th soldier died in hospital months after the incident.

References:
• Boddy-Evans, A. ‘This day in African History: 13 August’, [online], available at http://africanhistory.about.com(Accessed: 05 August 2013)
•  Shokran World, ‘History of central Africa’, [online], Available at www.shokranworld.com(Accessed: 05 August 2013)
•  Info Please, ‘Central African Republic’, [online], Available at www.infoplease.com(Accessed: 05 August 2013)

Last updated : 08-Aug-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 08-Aug-2013