Central African Republic

Central African Republic

5,277,959 9

Population (as of May 19, 2015)

Elections in our database

1,825,735 62.21%

Registered Voters (as of Jan. 1, 2011)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
President President Head of State
National Assembly Assemblee Nationale Assembly
Prime Minister Prime Minister Head of Government

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Interim President Catherine SAMBA-PANZA (since 23 January 2014)*
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Mahamat KAMOUN (since 10 August 2014)*
  • Assembly: Central African Republic has a unicameral National Assembly (Assemblee Nationale) with 105 seats.

​*Interim President SAMBA-PANZA, a Christian, replaced Interim President Michel DJOTODIA following his resignation, which was prompted by his failure to prevent intensifying sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians.  Prime Minister KAMOUN, a Muslim, is leader of the transitional government.  For a fuller overview of the political situation in the Central African Republic, please see this timeline.  

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term.
  • Prime Minister is appointed by the president.
  • In the National Assembly (Assemblee Nationale) 105 members are elected by absolute majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.***

*** If no candidate receives an absolute majority in the first round, a second round is held between the top two candidates.

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Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
National Assembly 1998-11-22 811,869 1,403,952 57.83%
National Assembly 1998-12-13 811,869 1,500,000 54.12%
President 2005-03-13 946,616 1,302,930 72.65%
National Assembly 2005-03-13 977,730 1,452,211 67.33%
President 2005-05-08 977,730 1,452,211 67.33%
National Assembly 2005-05-08 - - -
President 2011-01-23 986,030 1,825,735 54.01%
National Assembly 2011-01-23 - 1,825,735 -
National Assembly 2011-03-27 - 1,825,735 -

Voter Turnout