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Central African general election, 1993

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Central African general election, 1993

General elections were held to in the Central African Republic on 22 August 1993, with a second round on 19 September 1993. They followed the previous year's elections, the results of which had been voided by the Supreme Court due to irregularities.

The presidential elections were won by Ange-Félix Patassé of the Movement for the Liberation of the Central African People (MLPC), who defeated Patriotic Front for Progress leader Abel Goumba in the second round. Incumbent president André Kolingba was eliminated in the first round, winning only 12% of the vote. Kolingba had attempted to cling onto power by issuing two decrees on 28 August (after it was apparent that he was going to lose the elections) that changed the composition of the Supreme Court and amended the electoral code, which would have allowed the results to be manipulated. However, after heavy pressure from the French government, the decrees were repealed. The National Assembly election results also saw a victory for the MLPC, which won 34 of the 85 seats.

When Patassé took office on 22 October, it marked the first--and to date, only--time since the Central African Republic gained independence that an incumbent government peacefully transferred power to the opposition.

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Central African general election, 1993 Wikipedia


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