Central African Republic’s Constitutional Court today, Monday, confirmed the re-election of President Faustin-Archange Touadera in the first round of a presidential election on December 27 with 53.16% of the vote. The decision may prompt reaction from rebels as attacks often take place in the mornings.
The 48-hour deadline given by a coalition of armed groups for CAR’s government to quit expired around 17/18G Sunday. The self-styled Coalition of Patriots for Change has threatened to over-run the capital, Bangui, and is seeking to overthrow Touadera. The CPC struck at Bangui’s outskirts last Wednesday but were beaten back by federal soldiers, UN peacekeepers, Rwandan and Russian troops. Officials fear the CPC now has fighters inside the city, preparing for more attacks. Touadera’s government reportedly is seeking a UN meeting this week and wants more UN peacekeepers. As of NOV 2020, the UN mission there MINUSCA had 14,293 personnel, most of them soldiers.
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