The Constitutional Court of the Central African Republic (CAR) on Monday confirmed the re-election of President Faustin-Archange Touadera.
CAR held its presidential elections on 27 December 2020. On January 4, authorities announced preliminary results of the vote, saying Touadera won 53.92 per cent but the opposition asked the Constitutional Court to cancel the ballot and order a re-run.
The opposition had cited “massive fraud’’, insecurity and low voter turnout as marring the elections.
However, on Monday, the constitutional court announced that Touadera won his second term with 53.16 per cent of the vote; Anicet Georges Dologuele had 22% of the vote, repeating his second-place finish in the 2016 election.
The poll was held under threats from armed groups, which formed a new alliance, known as the Coalition of Patriots for Change, and launched attacks in the provinces, vowing to “march on Bangui,’’ the capital.
The government accused former president Francois Bozize of instigating the unrest to attempt a coup.
Touadera, 63, first took the helm of affairs in the country in 2016 after a civil war that left thousands of dead and drove hundreds of thousands from their homes.
Two-thirds of the impoverished country is in the hands of armed groups, and Touadera relies on help from UN peacekeeping forces and military support from Russia and Rwanda.
C.A.R Forces Recover Bossangoa Town from Rebels
Firmin Ngrebada, the Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (CAR), says federal government forces and their allies have retaken Bossangoa town from rebels.
The PM in a Facebook post on Wednesday said that “order will be restored in Bossangoa and the entire Ouham Prefecture” and every other places taken by the rebels just before the presidential election on December 27, 2020.
Bossangoa, in northwest C.A.R is the stronghold of the former president, François Bozizé, who is accused of leading an uprising that has seized more than half the country.
Bozize, who was overthrown in an uprising in 2013 by mainly Muslim rebels, denies the accusation.
Recently, the Central African Republic Army (FACA) and their Russian and Rwandan allies have repelled the rebels and taken over many major cities.
On Tuesday, following a report of the defense ministry, the CAR government eased the curfew introduced in January because of the threat posed by the rebels.
The curfew now starts from 8 pm until 5 am, according to the new government order.
Central African Republic Holds 2nd Round of Elections in March
President Faustin Archange Touadera of the Central African Republic (CAR), has announced that the second round of voting for legislative elections in some constituencies will hold on March 14, 2021.
President Touadera, in a decree on Saturday, added that regions where the first round polls were disrupted by rebel violence and other factors will also vote on the same date.
The campaign for the first round will open on February 27 and the second round on March 6.
C.A.R held its parliamentary and presidential elections on December 27, 2020, with observers saying the vote was marred by intimidation in areas controlled by rebel groups.
On January 18, C.A.R’s Constitutional Court confirmed Touadera won his second term with 53.16 per cent of the December 27 balloting. The court also cancelled the first-round results in 13 out of 140 voting districts owing to irregularities.
There was no polling in about 50 other districts due to the security situation.
Only 22 deputies out of 140 won their seats outright in the first round, of whom just four are from Touadera’s party- the United Hearts Movement (UHM).
D.R. Congo Passes Historic No Confidence Vote on Prime Minister
Lawmakers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have passed an historic no confidence vote on Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba, effectively removing him from power.
Embattled Ilukamba, who was not present in the chambers when the vote during a parliament plenary session in Kinshasa, has been given 24 hours to resign.
Ilukamba had refused to respond to the invitation of the provisional office of parliament, which he considers illegitimate under the constitution and internal regulations of parliament.
In a letter addressed to members of the provisional office of parliament and to deputies on Wednesday morning, Sylvestre Ilunga stressed that the proceedings against his government violated the country’s constitution and the rule of law.
The lawmakers accused Ilukamba, an ally of former President Joseph Kabila, and his ministers of poor performance.
The collapse of the government paves the way for President Félix Tshisekedi to appoint loyalists as ministers.
Last month, Mr Tshisekedi ended a coalition formed with his predecessor, whose allies dominated key ministries.
Since then, Mr Tshisekedi has been persuading MPs to defect from Mr Kabila’s alliance, which previously held the majority in parliament, stalling the president’s reform programme.
The prime minister’s impeachment garnered a large majority of votes in the absence of MPs loyal to ex-President Joseph Kabila who decided not to take part in the vote.
This will be the first time in DR Congo’s 60-year history that a government has been forced to resign.
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