Martin Ziguélé

Martin Ziguélé (born 12 February 1957[1]) is a Central African politician who was Prime Minister of the Central African Republic from 2001 to 2003. He placed second in the 2005 presidential election and is currently the President of the Movement for the Liberation of the Central African People (MLPC).

Martin Ziguélé
Prime Minister of the Central African Republic
In office
1 April 2001 – 15 March 2003
PresidentAnge-Félix Patassé
Preceded byAnicet Georges Dologuélé
Succeeded byAbel Goumba
Personal details
Born (1957-02-12) 12 February 1957 (age 63)
Paoua, Ouham-Pendé, Ubangi-Shari (now Central African Republic)
Political partyMLPC

Life and careerEdit

Ziguélé was appointed as Prime Minister on 1 April 2001 by President Ange-Félix Patassé,[2][3] replacing Anicet-Georges Dologuélé.[3] He had previously lived in Lomé, Togo[2][3] for twenty years and was an executive member of the MLPC.[3] He left office when rebel leader François Bozizé took power upon capturing the capital, Bangui, on 15 March 2003. Ziguélé was allowed to go into exile in France.[2]

Ziguélé was initially barred from running in the 2005 presidential election, along with six other candidates, by a court ruling on December 30, 2004. He was subsequently reinstated as a candidate by Bozizé, along with two other candidates, on January 4.[4] Later in January, all barred candidates, with the lone exception of Patassé, were allowed to run; following this, Patassé's party, the MLPC, backed Ziguélé for the election. Previously, he had been running as an independent.[5] The election was held on March 13, 2005, and Ziguélé placed second with 23.5% of the votes according to official results.[6] He faced Bozizé in a second round of voting, and tried to distance himself from Patassé in campaigning, but was defeated and took 35.4% of the vote.

Ziguélé was elected as President of the MLPC on a provisional basis for one year at an extraordinary party congress in late June 2006, while Patassé was suspended from the party.[7][8][9] On June 23, 2007, at the end of the MLPC's third ordinary congress,[9] Ziguélé was elected to a three-year term as President.[10]

In the December 2015 presidential election, Ziguélé stood as the MLPC candidate and placed fourth. In the February–March 2016 parliamentary election, he was elected to the National Assembly as the MLPC candidate in the third constituency of Bocaranga, winning in the first round with 66.25%% of the vote.[11]


  1. ^ (in French) "Ziguélé Martin, candidat n°6, MLPC" Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine, 2005 election profile,
  2. ^ a b c "L’ancien Premier ministre autorisé à quitter Bangui pour Paris" Archived 2007-11-11 at the Wayback Machine, Afrique Express, number 273, July 1, 2003 (in French).
  3. ^ a b c d "Que va faire Dologuélé ?", Jeune Afrique, April 10, 2001 (in French).
  4. ^ (in English) "Bozize repeals court ban on some presidential candidates", IRIN, January 5, 2005.
  5. ^ "Le parti de l'ex-président centrafricain Patassé soutient Martin Ziguélé". Agence France-Presse (in French). January 26, 2005. Archived from the original on March 12, 2005. Retrieved March 12, 2005.
  6. ^ (in French) "Second tour : Bozizé face à Ziguélé", Radio France Internationale, March 31, 2005.
  7. ^ (in French) "Centrafrique: Martin Ziguélé, ancien premier ministre, a été élu à la tête du MLPC, parti d'opposition, après un congrès extraordinaire de trois jours qui a décidé la radiation du parti de l'ancien Président centrafricain Ange-Félix Patassé" Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine, Agence France-Presse, June 25, 2006 (in French).
  8. ^ "Patassé suspendu du MLPC" Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine, Agence Centrafrique Presse, June 26, 2006 (in French).
  9. ^ a b "RCA: l'ex-Premier ministre Ziguélé élu chef du principal parti d'opposition", Agence France-Presse, June 24, 2007 (in French).
  10. ^ "Centrafrique/Politique : Martin Ziguélé face à la presse", Agence Centrafrique Presse, June 30, 2007 (in French).
  11. ^ "Résultats du 1er tour des législatives validés par la CCT concernant 46 députés", RJDH (in French).
Preceded by
Anicet Georges Dologuélé
Prime Minister of the
Central African Republic

Succeeded by
Abel Goumba