which marked the end of navigable water north from Brazzaville.The majority of the population of the Central African Republic lives in the western parts of the country, in Bangui and the surrounding area.By the middle of the 1980s the country’s economic situation had deteriorated as 80% of the revenue went towards meeting the salaries of the staff.
Bangui retained its importance as a military and administrative centre when the colony was folded into French Equatorial Africa and under both Vichy and Free French control during World War II.
The French operated a radio transmitter in Bangui, which was described in 1932 as "the most remote radio station in Africa".
The city forms an autonomous commune (commune autonome) of the Central African Republic which is surrounded by the Ombella-M'Poko prefecture.
With an area of 67 square kilometres (26 sq mi), the commune is the smallest high-level administrative division in the country, but the highest in terms of population.
After returning voluntarily to Bangui in the autumn of 1986, His successor was General André Kolingba, army chief of staff of Decko’s army, who took over control from the local French military on 1 September 1981 under the pretext that the country was heading towards civil war.
Although he attempted to combat corruption and control the national economy, he was unable to achieve his reforms.
As a result of political unrest, the city was named in 1996 as one of the most dangerous in the world.
Archaeological studies in and around Bangui have yielded at least 26 ancient Iron Age sites that contain many metallurgical tools and objects, illuminating the pre-European history of the city and surrounding area.
The colony of Ubangi-Shari received its autonomy in 1958 as the Central African Republic and this became independent from France in 1960.