Coup in Central African Republic
Yaounde/Bangui (IANS): Central African Republic slid into anarchy after its President Francois Bozize fled to Cameroon on Sunday as rebels in his...
Yaounde/Bangui (IANS): Central African Republic slid into anarchy after its President Francois Bozize fled to Cameroon on Sunday as rebels in his country seized capital Bangui. A helicopter of the presidency of the Central African Republic carrying Bozize landed at 6.00 p.m. local time at the aerodrome of Batouri, the capital of Kadey department, east of Cameroon, a source of the Cameroonian defence ministry told Xinhua. Accompanying Bozize on board were his two sons and his aide-de-camp. Bozize left his presidential palace at least 30 minutes before guerrillas who call themselves Seleka launched an assault on the compound, the presidency said. Seleka, a loose rebel coalition of five factions, launched an insurgency in December 2012, accusing the government of failing to implement a series of peace accords signed in the Gabonese capital Libreville over the past five years. Amid grave concern about a state of anarchy, France said it had sent 350 troops to its former colony. UN slams coup UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the rebels' seizure of state power in the Central African Republic (CAR) and called for earliest restoration of the constitutional order. "The secretary-general condemns the unconstitutional seizure of power that took place in the Central African Republic (CAR) on 24 March 2013 and calls for the swift restoration of constitutional order," Xinhua cited a UN statement as saying late Sunday.
24 Jan 2020 8:53 AM GMT