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Vol 56 No 13

Published 26th June 2015

Central African Republic

Risks of a hasty exit

France wants to leave as quickly as possible and is risking long-term instability to make sure its short-term goals are met

France is exercising its immense political and economic influence in Central African Republic, insisting on strict adherence to what many are calling an unrealistically rapid election process. A constitutional referendum is set for 4 October, the first round of parliamentary and presidential elections for 18 October, the second round for 22 November and the announcement of the final results, after any appeals have been heard by the Supreme Court, is scheduled for 16 December. Thus, by the end of the year, CAR will supposedly have a new, legitimate government. Many think this is fanciful.

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