Central African Republic parliamentary election, 2016

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A parliamentary election will be held in the Central African Republic in 2016 together with a presidential election following the 2013 Central African Republic coup.

Background[edit]

Despite the 25 August, 2012 signing of the peace agreement between the government and the CPJP that promised final closure of the Bush War,[1] political violence continued in the eastern and central parts of the country. Then on 10 December a member of the Séléka coalition seized the towns of N'Délé, Sam Ouandja and Ouadda. Following further battlefield successes through the month, the government called for support from former coloniser France and the United States. Though the offer was spurned, other Central African states and South Africa send in troops to secure the country and its capital, Bangui, from Seleka.

On 11 January 2013, a ceasefire agreement was signed in Libreville, Gabon between the government, Séléka and the political opposition. The agreement led to a dropping of the demand for President François Bozizé's resignation, but that he would appoint a new prime minister from the opposition 18 January 2013.[2] The National Assembly of the Central African Republic was also dissolved within a week, with a year-long coalition government formed in its place and a new election called for within 12 months. The interim government would implement judicial reforms, amalgamate the rebel troops with government soldiers to establish a new national military, and introduce other social and economic reforms.[3] The government was also required to free all political prisoners imprisoned during the conflict and that foreign troops must return to their countries of origin. Séléka was not required to give up the cities they have taken or were occupying in order to ensure that the government would not renege on the agreement.[2] Bozizé, who would remain president until 2016 when a presidential election would take place, said, "...it's a victory for peace because from now on Central Africans in conflict zones will be finally freed from their suffering."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20120826-cpjp-groupe-rebelle-centrafrique
  2. ^ a b Sayare, Scott (11 January 2013). "Rebel Coalition in Central African Republic Agrees to a Short Cease-Fire". New York Times. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Central African Republic ceasefire signed". BBC. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "C. African Republic rebels to form unity government with president, opposition after talks". Washington Post. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013.