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The U.N. envoy for Central African Republic said yesterday that the country “is very definitely on its way to holding successful elections” in late December but the political situation is still tense. Mankeur Ndiaye told the U.N. Security Council that ...

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UNITED NATIONS SAYS CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC ON WAY TO SUCCESSFUL ELECTIONS

Published by: A. Odean
10/20/2020 02:03 PM

The U.N. envoy for Central African Republic said yesterday that the country “is very definitely on its way to holding successful elections” in late December but the political situation is still tense. Mankeur Ndiaye told the U.N. Security Council that some regions remain “fragile,” and several candidates have raised doubts about last year’s peace agreement between the government and 14 armed groups.

 

Ndiaye said the Dec. 27 presidential and legislative elections are taking place at a crucial moment, saying Central Africans have a unique opportunity to leverage what has been achieved democratically and pursue stabilization of the country.

 

The mineral-rich Central African Republic has faced deadly inter-religious and inter-communal fighting since 2013, when predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in the capital, Bangui. Mostly Christian anti-Balaka militias fought back, resulting in the killing of thousands and the displacement of thousands.

 

The country saw a period of relative peace in late 2015 and 2016, but violence intensified and spread afterward, and since the signing of the peace agreement in February 2019 intermittent serious incidents of violence and human rights violations have continued.

 

But Ndiaye said noteworthy progress has been achieved, particularly in terms of political reform, restoring state authority and transitional justice.”An electoral code was adopted and on Oct. 14 the national electoral authority released a computerized roster of 1.86 million people who can vote, 46% of them women, he said.

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