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Vol 54 No 8

Published 12th April 2013

Central African Republic

Lords of misrule

Confusion reigned at the summit on CAR’s future while the new rulers could not halt the prolonged plunder of the capital. The omens are poor

The Ndjamena summit called to resolve the crisis in Central African Republic was nearly as chaotic as Bangui itself. Members of the Communauté économique des états de l’Afrique centrale (CEEAC) met South African President Jacob Zuma and observers from other countries on 3 April for exchanges that were often heated. Several delegations wanted to prevent the rubber-stamping of the violent seizure of power by the self-appointed President, Michel Djotodia. Chad’s President Idriss Déby Itno, who had a hand in sparking the Séléka revolt but probably did not authorise the coup d’état, hosted a summit which was unusual for its frankness and its genuine exchange of opinion among heads of government.

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