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Vol 52 No 5

Published 4th March 2011


Central African Republic

The EU pays but keeps silent

Opposition candidates declared the first round of the presidential election on 23 January tainted (‘vicié’), putting President François Bozizé’s 64.7% share of the vote in doubt (AC Vol 51 No 25). The European Union, which had paid 60% of the cost of the election, kept quiet. Bozizé had thrown out the previous EU Ambassador, Jean-Claude Esmieu, after he claimed some ministers were corrupt. His successor, Guy Samzun, also French, is saying nothing. The opposition candidates are furious.

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