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04/12/1977 Bokassa crowns himself in a lavish ceremony

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BOKASSA'S EMPIRE REVISITED

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Central African Republic: Former emperor Bokassa's throne makes a surprise comeback

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The remains of Central African Republic's imperial past

Jean-Bédel Bokassa, also known as Bokassa I of Central Africa and Salah Eddine Ahmed Bokassa, was the ruler of the Central African Republic and its successor state, the Central African Empire, from his coup d'état in 1966 until overthrown in a subsequent coup in 1979. The coronation ceremony cost US$20 million, one-third of the nation's budget.