Central African presidential election, 1981
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Presidential elections were held in the Central African Republic on 15 March 1981. They were the first national elections of any sort since 1964, the first elections since the overthrow of longtime ruler Jean-Bédel Bokassa in 1979, and the first multiparty presidential elections since independence. Five candidates—David Dacko, Ange-Félix Patassé, François Pehoua, Henri Maïdou and Abel Goumba—ran for the election.
The elections were won by Dacko, who had been restored back to the Presidency as part of Operation Barracuda, which overthrew Emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa. Dacko tried to pose as the inheritor of Barthélemy Boganda, the national hero who founded the country.
|David Dacko||Central African Democratic Union||374,027||51.10|
|Ange-Félix Patassé||Movement for the Liberation of the Central African People||283,739||38.77|
|François Pehoua||Independent Grouping for Reflection||39,661||5.42|
|Henri Maïdou||Republican Progressive Party||24,007||3.28|
|Abel Goumba||Oubanguian Patriotic Front||10,512||1.44|
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