Central African Republic

Three ministers sacked as country descends into anarchy


President Michel Djotodia sacked three of his ministers at the weekend as well as a senior treasury official. The president carried out the sackings as the country descends into anarchy according to the French.

In recent weeks there have been pitch battles between the Muslim dominated Séléka which took over the country earlier this year and Christian anti-Muslim militias. Reuters reports that at least 500 people have been killed and more than 189,000 have been displaced.

Reuters also reports that the French, who have stepped up their military presence in the country, are furious over the dismissal of the Cabinet ministers, saying that it broke a pact signed in January in Libreville, Gabon. The pact ushered in the transitional government led by Michel Djotodia. The French say that breach of the pact could escalate the violence in the country and would also lead to sanctions against the government.

The three dismissed ministers are:

Josué Binoua; Minister of Security, Immigration, Emigration and Public Order
Christophe Mbré-Maïdou; Minister of Finance and Budget
Joseph Bendounga; Minister of Livestock and Animal Industry

General Director of the Treasury and Public Accounting, Nicolas Geoffroi Ngourna Douaté was also dismissed

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