According to ALLCITYCODES.COM, the area code of Central African Republic is +236, which was adopted in 1997 when the country switched to the ITU-T E.164 numbering system. The code is divided into two parts: ‘+’ and ‘236’. The ‘+’ indicates that the number is international and the ‘236’ identifies the country as Central African Republic. In Central African Republic, telephone numbers are usually nine digits long and are divided into three parts: a two-digit area code, a three-digit exchange code and a four-digit line number. Area codes indicate the geographic region of the phone number and are used to route incoming calls to their respective locations. Exchange codes identify specific local calling areas within each geographic region, while line numbers identify individual subscribers within each local calling area. Central African Republic is one of the most rural countries in Africa, with more than half of its population living in rural areas. Despite this, its population is gradually increasing their use of telecommunication services such as mobile phones, internet access and other technologies due to advances in infrastructure and technology over recent years. As such, it is important for businesses operating within Central African Republic to ensure they are using the correct area codes when making calls within the country as well as when communicating with other countries around the world. The Central African Republic is a semi-presidential republic, with the President as head of state, and a Prime Minister as head of government. The President is elected by popular vote, and appoints the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister then appoints the Council of Ministers. The legislature is bicameral and consists of a National Assembly and a Senate, both of which are elected by popular vote. The country has been plagued by political instability since it gained its independence in 1960; multiple coups have taken place since then, resulting in civil unrest, corruption and economic decline. Despite this instability, the Central African Republic has managed to maintain democratic elections for both its president and legislature. LOVERISTS: Features public policy of Central African Republic.