Faustin-Archange Touadéra

Faustin-Archange Touadéra is a Central African politician and academic who has been Prime Minister of the Central African Republic since January 2008.

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Faustin-Archange Touadéra (born April 21, 1957[1]) 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;[1] his family was originally from Damara, to the north of Bangui.[2] 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 [3] 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 [4] 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.[1] 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[5] and the creation of the Euclid Consortium.

Prime minister

Touadéra was appointed Prime Minister by President François Bozizé on 22 January 2008, following the resignation of Élie Doté.[6] His government, composed of 29 members—four ministers of state, 17 ministers, and seven minister delegates, along with himself—was appointed on 28 January.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]