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Vol 55 No 17

Published 29th August 2014

Central African Republic

Allies lose faith

Friends abroad worry increasingly about the probity and effectiveness of the interim government but wonder what to do

Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza's surprise choice of Mahamat Kamoun as the new Prime Minister, along with a cabinet of 31, has dismayed Central African Republic's international supporters. They believe that Samba-Panza's appointees include a number of officials who do not have the country's best interests at heart, but fear to act because they are afraid of accusations of bullying. In addition, money given to the government has gone missing and the International Monetary Fund is so alarmed that it has suspended IMF operations in Bangui. Many believe that Samba-Panza has been allowed to act in the interests of her own friends, relations and allies – at the expense of a distressed nation. They also think that a bolder approach by foreign parties could have helped prevent the current drift in policy.

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