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CAR Rebels Plan Power-Sharing Government

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March 25, 2013
Cameroon officials say the president of the Central African Republic is taking shelter there, after fleeing his country when rebels captured the capital.

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Gabe Joselow
— Rebels in the Central African Republic say they plan to put in place a power-sharing government, a day after seizing the capital.  

Officials in the rebel coalition Seleka say they plan to install a government in CAR after driving President Francois Bozize from the capital, Bangui. 

Central African Republic rebel leader Michel Djotodia, January 7, 2013 file photo.Central African Republic rebel leader Michel Djotodia, January 7, 2013 file photo.
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Central African Republic rebel leader Michel Djotodia, January 7, 2013 file photo.
Central African Republic rebel leader Michel Djotodia, January 7, 2013 file photo.
​One of the Seleka leaders, Michel Djotodia, a former civil servant turned rebel commander, says he will declare himself interim president in the meantime.

The group also pledged to honor aspects of a peace agreement signed in January, including keeping the appointed opposition prime minister and holding elections in two to three years.

Thierry Vircoulon, Central Africa director for the International Crisis Group, says the so-called Libreville agreement may be key to stabilizing the country.

“The Libreville agreement at this stage is the only political basis to set up a new government. So the fact that he is saying he wants to respect the framework of the Libreville agreement is definitely something positive,” said Vircoulon.
 
Seleka, a coalition of five rebel groups, launched its initial offensive in December, but stopped short of the capital.  They resumed hostilities last week after accusing President Bozize of breaking the agreement signed in January by not reintegrating the rebels into the military.

Central African Republic president Francois Bozize speaks during a news conference in Bangui, Jan. 8, 2013.Central African Republic president Francois Bozize speaks during a news conference in Bangui, Jan. 8, 2013.
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Central African Republic president Francois Bozize speaks during a news conference in Bangui, Jan. 8, 2013.
Central African Republic president Francois Bozize speaks during a news conference in Bangui, Jan. 8, 2013.
Bozize is now taking shelter in Cameroon.

Now that they are in a position of power, Vircoulon says the big question is whether they will be able to stay united, particularly the military and political wings of the group.
 
“So the real decision makers seem to be the military commanders, so a lot is going to depend on what they want and what they can negotiate at this stage,” he added.

Thirteen South African soldiers stationed in CAR were killed during fighting with Seleka rebels.  South African President Jacob Zuma announced the deaths Monday, saying the soldiers had been defending their military base in Bangui.

Zuma said South Africa sent 200 soldiers to CAR earlier this year as part of a military cooperation agreement.

The African Union says it has suspended CAR from AU activities, in line with a policy not to engage the perpetrators of coups and rebellions. The United States has called for all parties to respect human rights and has expressed concern about reports of abuses by national security forces and Seleka fighters.

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by: SSERUWU ALEX JOHN from: UGANDA
March 25, 2013 12:11 PM
I urge Central Africans not to celebrate the so - called "liberators", "freedom fighters" of Bangui as yet. No place in Africa have victorious rebels really made fundamental changes and seriously transformed their nations into better places to live in?

These are just gold diggers disguising as liberators , just take examples, Museveni a victorious rebel leader in Uganda, after raising to presidency, he promised a fundamental change, and even criticized leaders who over stay in power, currently he has ruled for over 27 years!! corruption has dogged his regime more than any other regime in Uganda's history, collapse of public common goods like health, roads are in dire situation, education is a tool of regime survival.

Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, has led one of the worst dictatorships on earth keeping his country for over three decades in whims of poverty, mercy of disease and at the expense of the corrupt sycophants. Charles Taylor and Amin, came as liberators through coups but ended up becoming butchers of citizens, therefore the Central Africans should put on pressure the rebels in power to fasten the democratic principles if they are to benefit from the blood shed by their brothers, sons, children, friends and mothers.

Central African should keep a keen eye before they celebrate, to watch if these rebels are not imperial puppets and stooges whose sole aim is to serve imperial masters and funders of the rebellion.


by: Instant Moyo from: Namibia
March 25, 2013 10:25 AM
Wish there could be rebels like these fearless ones in Zimbabwe. There is a president there who needs to flee to Cameroon or somewhere else for good.

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