PM and Cabinet resign as fighting continues
Yesterday President Catherine Samba-Panza of the Central African Republic (CAR) asked for and received the resignation of Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke and his entire cabinet. No replacements have as yet been named.
The move came after a ceasefire agreement signed last month in neighbouring Brazzaville (Congo Republic) between Muslim Séléka rebels and “anti-balaka” Christian militia broke down within hours. Both leaders, Mohamed Moussa Dhaffane, head of the Séléka delegation and Patrick Edouard Ngaissona, who led the anti-balaka delegation had sworn that the violence would end. However, Séléka officials accused Christian militia of attacking them in the north of the country within hours of the ceasefire being signed and both sides resumed their fighting. Séléka in particular has become increasingly fragmented and the main difficulty with any ceasefire is to get all of the individual groups to act collectively.
The tension has heightened in CAR’s capital Bangui as no solution seems forthcoming to the continued violence which has left more than a million people homeless. There are some 2,000 French troops and around 6,000 International African Union Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) peacekeepers in the country, but they routinely find themselves being attacked by a myriad of different armed groups from both sides.