Simplice Sarandji

Simplice Sarandji

Simplice Sarandji
Simplice Sarandji
Prime Minister of the Central African Republic
Assumed office
2 April 2016
President Faustin-Archange Touadéra
Preceded by Mahamat Kamoun
Personal details
Born 4 April 1955 
Baoro, Ubangi-Shari (now
Central African Republic)
Political party Independent
Alma mater Bordeaux Montaigne University

Simplice Sarandji  is the current Prime Minister of Central African Republic, in office since 2016. He previously acted as the chief of staff for Prime Minister Faustin-Archange Touadera, and the campaign manager during Touadera’s successful Presidential campaign. Prior to his political career, he lectured in geography at the University of Bangui.

Educational career

Simplice Sarandji holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Geography from Michel de Montaigne University Bordeaux 3, and subsequently taught the subject for four years at the University of Bangui, where he also became Dean.

Political career

Previously, Sarandji served as chief of staff for Faustin-Archange Touadera while the latter served as Prime Minister, for five years between 2008-13. The two were familiar with each other from when they were each students. Sarandji also acted as Touadera’s campaign director during the December 2015–February 2016 presidential election. After Touadera took office as President, he appointed Sarandji as Prime Minister on 2 April 2016.

He named his first cabinet on 12 April, consisting of 23 members including Jean-Serge Bokassa, Charles Armel Doubane and Joseph Yakete, each of whom had run against Touadera for President. Sarandji elected not to include any members from the Christian and Muslim militias behind the violence in the 2013 coup. As Prime Minister, his security is provided by a Rwanda National Police Protection Support Unit which is deployed to the Central African Republic as part of the United Nations stabilization mission. He subsequently praised the Rwandan peacekeepers for introducing a form of community work in Rwanda called Umuganda into the Central Africa Republic.

Central African Republic Powerless UN, helpless government

UN peacekeepers have not adequately protected Central African citizens from brutal attacks. But Prime Minister Simplice Sarandji praised their mission in an exclusive DW interview and voiced hope for reconciliation.(For more click here to go dw.com)

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