Central African states to deliberate on CAR's fate

Chad's President Idriss Deby. PHOTO | FILE 

Leaders of Central African states will meet in Chad on Wednesday to discuss the fate of the Central African Republic which is still grappling with the effects of a recent rebellion.

Chad’s president Idriss Deby Itno, who is the current chairman of the 10-state bloc, the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), made the announcement after a meeting with South African leader Jacob Zuma in South Africa on the sidelines of the just-ended BRICS summit.

President Zuma, who has come under fire within and outside his country for allegedly seeking to prop ousted Central African leader François Bozizé, will also be part of the ECCAS extraordinary summit.

“We all agreed to meet in N'Djamena [Chad’s capital] on April 3 to see how we can return to the Libreville Accord that was signed in January,” President Deby told Central African online news publication Journal De Bangui.

According to him, the talks will also to try to steer the coup-prone country back to constitutional order.

The African Union condemned the putsch and suspended the Central African Republic the following day.

The United Nations too slammed the coup while Paris and Washington have called on the new government to respect the terms of the power-sharing deal signed in Libreville in January.

'Undeniable' winner

The Central African Republic's former government and the Seleka alliance of five rebel groups agreed to the formation of a national unity government under a truce to end an uprising which began in December 2012 and swept to within striking distance of the capital, Bangui.

A month later the rebels reignited their rebellion, accusing Mr Bozizé of not honouring his end of the bargain as brokered by regional leaders.

Seleka took power on March 24 and Mr Bozize is presently holed up in neighbouring Cameroon from where he will move to exile in Benin.

The Libreville deal mapped out a transition to 2016 when elections should be held.

Another Central African publication, La Nouvelle Centrafrique, pronounced Monday that the Chadian leader President Deby was “undeniably” the winner after the rebellion.

The publication said the Chadian leader ditched Mr Bozizé and threw his weight behind Seleka alliance leader Michel Djotodia, probably due to his (Bozize's) refusal to ask South African troops to go back home.

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