Jean-Bedel Bokassa


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Bokassa, Jean-Bedel

 

Born Feb. 22, 1921, in Bobangi. Statesman of the Central African Republic; brigadier general (since December 1967).

From 1939 to 1962, Bokassa served in the French Army. In 1960 he was appointed chief of the military cabinet in the office of the president of the Central African Republic. Since 1964 he has been chief of the armed forces general staff. Since Jan. 1, 1966, he has been president of the republic and head of government. He simultaneously holds (1970) the positions of minister of national defense, minister of information, and chief of the armed forces general staff and is head of the party Movement for Social Evolution in Black Africa. In July 1970 he made an official visit to the USSR.

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On the night of December 31, 1965 - January 1, 1966 General Jean-Bedel Bokassa carried out a successful coup d'etat and placed Dacko under house arrest.
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Since gaining independence in 1960, CAR has endured a coterie of presidents, military leaders and even a self-styled emperor--the late and notorious Jean-Bedel Bokassa, who was overthrown in 1979.
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OF WREXHAM Council idea masquerading namely the plans landlords pay In Africa, government by Britain, France and Spain was replaced by thuggery and the rule of tyrants: the greed, self-aggrandisement and blood-curdling violence of people like Jean-Bedel Bokassa of the Central African Republic; Idi Amin of Uganda and, of course, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe.
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He calls it "Bokassaland." For Bill and his family, Bangui was an exotic and dangerous place, and he saw firsthand what life was like under the rule of a dictator "whose history seemed to be an argument for the existence of positive evil." In one of the final chapters Bill makes a persuasive case that President (and later self-proclaimed Emperor) Jean-Bedel Bokassa may have been a cannibal and possibly served parts of school girls to his diplomatic dinner guests.

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