CAR: 20 candidates call to suspend the vote count

CAR: 20 candidates call to suspend the vote count

20 of the 30 candidates competing for the position of president in Central African Republic have demanded that authorities halt the vote count due to what they consider to be abnormalities in the ballot, reported Reuters. Polling stations opened on the morning of Wednesday December 30 after numerous delays. The…

Polls open in CAR

Polls open in CAR

The much delayed presidential elections are going ahead today in the Central African Republic. Polling stations opened this morning with the hope that the awaited elections will bring some stability to the country by returning democratic rule. CAR has gone through many years of violence after President Francois Bozize was…

CAR: elections delayed by three days

Yesterday, the Central African Republic’s National Election Authority announced that the presidential and legislative elections will be delayed by three days. The elections were scheduled for Sunday December 27 and now will be held on Wednesday December 30. Prime Minister Muhamat Kamoun said that the delay was “to allow for…

Could it be that Pope Francis will cancel his trip to CAR?

It looks likely that Pope Francis will have to cancel his scheduled visit to the Central African Republic (CAR) later this month due to violence fuelled by sectarianism in the country. Violence in the capital, Bangui, between Muslims and Christians has steadily worsened creating major security concerns. The United Nations…

Violence in CAR ahead of Pope visit

Violence in the Central African Republic has dramatically increased causing Pope Francis and his team to question whether or not his scheduled visit to the country at the end of the month will go ahead. AFP reported that “more than 100 homes were torched and several people slaughtered as sectarian violence…

UN commends Rwandan peacekeepers in CAR

Stephen Feller, the Police Adviser at the UN Department of Peacekeeping Missions celebrated the Rwandan peacekeepers who work in the Central African Republic (CAR) for their commitment to bring peace and stability to the country as well as their professionalism, reported The New Times. Feller congratulated the Rwandan peacekeepers during…

UN peacekeepers facing new rape allegations

United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic are facing new rape allegations when only a week ago the head of the mission was asked to step down. UN spokeswoman Vannina Maestracci told reporters on Wednesday that the charges against the members of the UN mission, MINUSCA, are “disturbing.” “These…

Head of UN peacekeeping mission in CAR forced to step down

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic was forced to resign due to allegations, brought by Amnesty International, of rape and murder committed by peacekeepers. At the request of UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, the general from Senegal, Babacar Gaye, submitted his resignation on Wednesday….