22 Dec President of Central African Republic refuses to postpone elections
According to the local media, Touadéra declared that ‘On the 27th we are going to the elections. Now that we have rediscovered the constitutional order, we must maintain it for democracy’, referring to the February 2019 peace agreement that ended the conflict unleashed six years earlier.
This agreement was adopted by 14 armed groups, among them the Seleka militias, of Muslim majority, and the anti-Balaka, of Christian denomination.
The president objected to postponing the consultation as the opposition suggested and also denied holding talks with the rebels: ‘Negotiate? How? In what form?’ Touadéra said, ‘(…) As you can see well, there are attacks, we don’t have time to negotiate’, and added that it is not known with whom to do it.
The heads of six armed groups confirmed last Friday the creation of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), a single grouping under a ‘unified command’ with the purpose of achieving ‘total control of the territory.’
The Le Tsunami newspaper pointed out that the CPC on Monday issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Touadéra to organize a process of national consultation with all the country’s forces, under the auspices of the international community, particularly the European Union, the African Union and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).
If the demand is not met within the announced deadline, the coalition warned that its hundreds of thousands of followers will march towards this capital.