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Faustin-Archange Touadéra (born April 21, 1957) is a Central African politician and academic who has been Prime Minister of the Central African Republic since January 2008.
Background and academic career
Touadéra was born in Bangui; his family was originally from Damara, to the north of Bangui. He received his secondary education at the Barthelemy Boganda College in Bangui before attending the University of Bangui and the University of Abidjan. He earned a "doctorat de 3e cycle" in mathematics in 1986 and supervised by Daniel GOURDIN  at the Lille University of Science and Technology (Lille I) in France and another "doctorat de 3e cycle", also in mathematics which was supervised by Marcel DOSSA  at the University of Yaoundé I in Cameroon in 2004. In 1987 he became assistant lecturer of mathematics at the University of Bangui and was vice-dean of the University's Facility of Science from 1989 to 1992. In the latter year he became director of the teachers' training college. He joined the Inter-State Committee for the Standardisation of Mathematics Programs in the French-speaking countries and the Indian Ocean (CIEHPM) in 1999, serving as the President of the Committee from 2001 to 2003. He became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bangui in May 2004. Touadéra subsequently served a rector of the university between 2005 and 2008 during which he launched several key initiatives, such as the entrepreneurship training program and the creation of the Euclid Consortium.
Touadéra was appointed Prime Minister by President François Bozizé on 22 January 2008, following the resignation of Élie Doté. His government, composed of 29 members—four ministers of state, 17 ministers, and seven minister delegates, along with himself—was appointed on 28 January.
A national dialogue was held in December 2008, and Bozizé then dissolved Touadéra's government on 18 January 2009 in preparation for the formation of a government of national unity. Touadéra was reappointed as Prime Minister on 19 January. Later on the same day, his new 31-minister government was appointed, with only 10 ministers retaining their posts; many former rebels were included in the new lineup to prepare the country for the 2009 local elections and the 2010 presidential and parliamentary polls.
- "Profile of new Central African Prime Minister, Faustin Touadera", African Press Agency, January 23, 2008.
- Tshitenge Lubabu M.K., "Faustin-Archange Touadéra", Jeuneafrique.com, June 15, 2008 (French).
- "Centrafrique: le recteur de l'université de Bangui nommé Premier ministre", AFP (Jeuneafrique.com), January 22, 2008 (French).
- "Composition du nouveau gouvernement centrafricain", African Press Agency, 29 January 2008 (French).
- "Central African Republic president dissolves government", AFP, 18 January 2009.
- "Touadera names rebels in new Central African Republic govt", AFP, 19 January 2009.