Central African Republic (CAR) covers an area of 620 000 kilometers squared. Her population is estimated at about 4.4 million. Bangui is the capital.The first multi-party democratic elections were held in 1993 with Ange-Félix Patassé to power. He was overthrown in 2003 by French-backed General François Bozizé, who won an election in 2005. Unpaid workers in the public sector went on strikes in 2007 and forced his resignation. Faustin-Archange Touadéra, was named Prime Minister in January 2008. Rich in diamonds, gold and uranium the people of this country remain poor because of its management and the usual competition which always leaves the ordinary person suffering. There are 71 languages in the Republic and one is said not to have a living mother tongue speaker.