Democratic Forum for Modernity

The Democratic Forum for Modernity (French: Forum Démocratique pour la Modernité, FODEM) is a political party in the Central African Republic.

Democratic Forum for Modernity
PresidentCharles Massi
Secretary-GeneralStéphane Pentchoaki
Founded27 November 1997

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The party was founded by Charles Massi on 27 November 1997 and legally recognized on 4 May 1998.[1] In the 1998 parliamentary elections it won two seats in the National Assembly. Massi was the party's candidate for the 1999 presidential elections, finishing eighth out of ten candidates with 1.3% of the vote.

In the first round of the presidential elections held on 13 March 2005, Massi won 3.2% of the vote.[2] He backed François Bozizé in the second round[3] and became a Minister of State in the government after the elections.[4] In the simultaneous National Assembly elections, the party was reduced to a single seat.

After Massi was appointed as Political Coordinator of the Union of Democratic Forces for the Rally (UFDR) rebel group,[5] FODEM rejected this move and expelled Massi from the party; it established a provisional political bureau on 22 May 2008 with Joseph Garba Ouangolé as President.[6]

In 2010, FODEM joined the Presidential Majority alliance in preparation for the 2011 general elections.[7] The party nominated six candidates for the 105 seats in the National Assembly,[8] and although the alliance won 11 seats, FODEM failed to win a seat.

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