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.
Brutality was the rule, and many an African big man built his authority on the foundation of a ruthlessly efficient secret police, notably Jean-Bedel Bokassa in the Central African Republic and Milton Obote, and later Idi Amin, in Uganda.
Con igual fama de canibal que Idi Amin, Jean-Bedel Bokassa (1921-1996) fue, entre 1966 y 1979, autoproclamado "Emperador de Centroafrica", y es el segundo cuadro que nos presenta la obra.
While he did not subject his opponents to the callous, brutal repression and bloody massacres symptomatic of African dictators such as Idi Amin of Uganda and Jean-Bedel Bokassa of Central African Republic, Nkrumah did use the Preventative Detention Act (PDA) enacted by the British Colonial Administration to throw his political opponents into jail without trial.
Jean-Bedel Bokassa assumed power as President of the Republic.
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.
The days when notorious tyrants like Sese Seko Mobuto of the Congo, General Suharto of Indonesia, 'Papa Doc' Duvalier of Haiti, Idi Amin of Uganda, and Jean-Bedel Bokassa of the Central African Republic could rob their people blind then flee with their loot stashed away in secret Swiss bank accounts, seem to be coming to an end.
A DILAPIDATED French chateau, once home to the ruthless leader of the Central African Republic, Jean-Bedel Bokassa, was sold to an anonymous bidder for pounds 760,000 yesterday.
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.
Robert Mugabe, whatever his ultimate fate, has already earned a place in the African pantheon of infamy alongside the likes of Uganda's Idi Amin and Milton Obote, Ethiopia's Mengistu Haile Mariam, Somalia's Siad Barre, Zaire's Mobutu Sese Seko, and the Central African Republic's Jean-Bedel Bokassa.
On December 31, 1965, Dacko was ousted from power in a military coup led by his cousin, Colonel Jean-Bedel Bokassa.
The book provides fascinating, occasionally hilarious biographies of Africa's deplorable "Big Men," like Francisco Nguema of Equatorial Guinea and Jean-Bedel Bokassa of Central African Republic, who imagined themselves to be infallible and invincible, even protected by supernatural forces.

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