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Vol 63 No 1

Published 7th January 2022

Central African Republic

Choosing Moscow

Support from Russia will allow Touadéra to suppress opposition and avoid conciliation with rebels

The disputed elections last year that gave an opportunity to mercenaries from Russia's state-linked Wagner Group to assert their influence on politics in the Central African Republic will cast a shadow over 2022. They helped to secure Bangui and other cities against the poorly organised armed opposition and allowed Faustin-Archange Touadéra to get re-elected President, though in debatable conditions.

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