Central African Republic's Touadéra Calls for National Reconciliation as Re-election Upheld

1/19/2021

Central African Republic's highest court on Monday confirmed the re-election of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, rejecting rivals' objections as the government fends off a rebel offensive. In a speech broadcast on national television on Monday evening, Touadéra called for national reconciliation.

The weeks before and after the December 27 election have been marred by a rebel assault on major cities. The rebels attacked the capital Bangui last week before being repelled by the army and UN peacekeepers. 

Two peacekeepers – one from Gabon and one from Morocco – were killed on Monday in a rebel ambush outside the southern city of Bangassou, which militia fighters had partially occupied until being forced out last Friday, the UN mission said.

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