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|Info||Jean-Paul Ngoupandé is a former Prime Minister of the Central African Republic. He was appointed by President Ange-Félix Patassé on 6 June 1996 and resigned on 30 January 1997. |
M. Ngoupandé is president of the National Unity Party (Parti de l'unité nationale, PUN), an entity which he founded in the mid-1990s. Standing as its presidential candidate in the election of 19 September 1999 (won by the incumbent Patassé), he received 3,18 percent of the vote, or 31.952 total votes. He presented himself as an enemy of corruption and a defender of fair elections and democratic institutions.
His tenure as premier (and simultaneously as minister of finance) was marked by the implementation of an open-door economic policy through structural adjustment. Ngoupandé fell into a dispute with President Patassé over the speed of these reforms, and resigned in favour of Michel Gbezera-Bria in early 1997.
On 10 October 2004, the National Unity Party announced that Ngoupandé would contest the presidential election of 13 March 2005 under its banner. The election marked a return to democratic rule after the coup d'état of 15 March 2003, which installed Gen. François Bozizé as president of an interim government backed by Chad. In January 2005, Ngoupandé returned to Bangui from exile in Paris. In his campaign, he emphasized the need to bring peace and stability to the country, especially those areas most affected by rebel activity before the coup. His candidacy was originally disqualified on a technicality.