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Vol 59 No 11

Published 1st June 2018

Central African Republic

Solutions scarce as chaos grows

Neither the President nor the UN forces have a grip on deteriorating security. The killing of a priest in his church illustrates the growing disorder

Faustin-Archange Touadéra stepped into the presidency in February 2016 on a wave of goodwill, seemingly ready to face the challenge of national reconciliation. Now, he is booed whenever he appears in public. He seemed an inspired choice. Although a prime minister under President François Bozizé for five years he was tainted neither by the excesses of that regime, nor by the bloodshed later unleashed by the Anti-Balaka (AB), the self-defence units first created by Bozizé after he lost power in March 2013, when fighters of the mainly Muslim Séléka alliance terrorised the population.

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