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Élie Doté (born 9 July 1948) is a Central African politician. He was Prime Minister of the Central African Republic from June 2005 to January 2008.

Élie Doté
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Prime Minister of the Central African Republic
In office
13 June 2005 – 22 January 2008
PresidentFrançois Bozizé
Preceded byCélestin Gaombalet
Succeeded byFaustin-Archange Touadéra
Personal details
Born9 July 1948
Bangui, Central African Republic
Political partyIndependent


Born in Bangui on 9 July 1948, Doté has a doctorate degree in rural economy from the University of Montpellier in France. He worked at the Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Ministry from 1974 to 1980 before becoming an expert at the African Development Bank (ADB) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. At the ADB, he held various portfolios within the agro-economic field. His last post at the ADB was that of chief of agriculture and rural development from 2001 to 2005. Doté received the National Order of Burkina Faso on 8 April 2005.[1]

His appointment as Prime Minister by President François Bozizé on 13 June 2005, following a presidential and parliamentary election, was considered surprising; Doté, who had previously been working outside the country in Tunis for the ADB, was at the time largely unknown in CAR.[2] Pierre Gonifei-Ngaibonanou had met Doté in Tunis and mentioned he would be a good candidate for prime minister to Bozizé.[3] In the end, he was chosen for his "technocratic qualities" and was responsible for implementing the development program developed by Bozizé.[4] In a cabinet reshuffle in early September 2006, Doté became finance minister in addition to his post as prime minister.[5]

On 17 January 2008, after a civil service strike began early in the month, demanding that the government pay wage arrears, a majority of deputies in the National Assembly filed a censure motion against Doté's government, and the motion was to be considered on 19 January. On 18 January 2008, it was announced that Doté and his government had resigned and Bozizé had accepted the resignation.[6] His successor, university rector Faustin-Archange Touadéra, was appointed by Bozizé on 22 January 2008.[7]

In 2015, he gave a speech requesting help from France and the international community to end the chaos in his country.[8] He called on President Catherine Samba-Panza and her government to step down for their failure to implement the roadmap for transition.[9]


  1. ^ Bradshaw & Fandos-Rius 2016, p. 233
  2. ^ "Centrafrique: Elie Doté nommé Premier ministre". Xinhua (in French). 14 June 2005. Retrieved 4 November 2016..
  3. ^ Bradshaw & Fandos-Rius 2016, p. 308
  4. ^ "Elie Doté, un agronome Premier ministre". (in French). 14 June 2005. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Nouveau gouvernement". (in French). 3 September 2006. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 4 November 2016..
  6. ^ "Centrafrique: démission du gouvernement d'Elie Doté". (in French). AFP. 18 January 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2016..
  7. ^ "Centrafrique: le recteur de l'université de Bangui nommé Premier ministre". (in French). AFP. 22 January 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2016..
  8. ^ "Élie Doté : «Je crie au secours pour la Centrafrique»". Lefigaro. 18 February 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Centrafrique: Le Premier ministre Elie Doté propose une autre transition". L'infodome. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2016.


  • Bradshaw, Richard; Fandos-Rius, Juan (2016). Historical Dictionary of the Central African Republic. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0810879921.
Political offices
Preceded by
Célestin Gaombalet
Prime Minister of the Central African Republic
Succeeded by
Faustin-Archange Touadéra