Faustin Archange Touadera sworn in as new President of Central African Republic

Faustin Archange Touadera (58) took the oath of office as the new President of Central African Republic (CAR).

With this he becomes first elected leader of CAR since Muslim rebels had overthrown the government in early 2013. His presidency puts an end to a two-year transitional government that came into force in early 2014.

Touadera is well respected former mathemathics Professor. He had served as Prime Minister as former Prime Minister of ex-president Francois Bozize from January 2008 to January 2013.

Background

In the February 2016, runoff elections Touadera as an independent candidate had emerged victorious by securing nearly 63 percent of the total votes. He had defeated Georges Anicet Dologuele of Union for Central African Renewal Party who had obtained just over or 37.3 percent votes.

Central African Republic: It is former French Colony and one of the world’s most chronically unstable countries. In early 2013, it had suffered the worst crisis in its history when mainly Muslim Seleka fighters in a coup had toppled President Francois Bozize. Since then it was in the throes of civil war and was torn by religious tensions, plagued by chaos on the brink of pre-genocidal scenario.

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Oscar winning actor Patty Duke passes away

Acclaimed Actor and singer Patty Duke passed away due to Sepsis from a ruptured intestine. She was 69.

She had won Academy award (Oscar) in 1963 at the age of 16 for her portrayal of deaf blind political activist Helen Keller in The Miracle worker.

About Patty Duke

  • Born as Anna Marie Duke on December 14, 1946 in Elmhurst, New York, US.
  • She had started her acting career as a child and her first major role came in 1959, when she portrayed the blind and deaf Keller on Broadway.
  • She also was known for roles in Valley of the Dolls, My Sweet Charlie and Me, Natalie.
  • She was also known for TV show The Patty Duke which aired more than 100 episodes from 1963 to 1966.
  • In 1982, she was diagnosed with mental illness i.e. with bipolar disorder. Later she devoted much of her time to advocating for and educating the public on mental health issues
  • She had served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988.

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