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Vol 61 No 12

Published 11th June 2020

Central African Republic

Elections or bust

The president failed in a bid to change the constitution. Now he will have to contest the elections due by December, Covid-19 permitting

President Faustin-Archange Touadéra has failed in his effort to change the constitution so that he could stay in office should this year's planned elections fail to take place because of the Covid-19 pandemic or a dramatic deterioration in security outside Bangui. The Constitutional Court ruled that no special provisions were necessary because existing law provides for the speaker of parliament to take charge for up to three months if the president had outrun his term of office. Touadéra was proposing an extension to his term of office if force majeure stopped polling.

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