Central African Republic security forces repel attack by armed rebels

Security forces in Central African Republic have repelled an attack by armed groups seeking to seize the capital Bangui early on Wednesday, Prime Minister Firmin Ngrebada said. The assault represents a marked escalation in fighting with rebel groups that erupted around a disputed December 27 election. The groups attacked towns close to Bangui last month… Read More Central African Republic security forces repel attack by armed rebels

Ten opposition presidential candidates call for repeat of election in Central African Republic

Ten defeated presidential candidates in the Central African Republic are calling for the result of a December 27 election to be annulled and the vote repeated, citing irregularities and low turnout, according to a joint statement late on Tuesday. On Monday, the electoral commission declared President Faustin-Archange Touadera the winner of the race, with voter… Read More Ten opposition presidential candidates call for repeat of election in Central African Republic

Two soldiers injured, five rebels killed following clashes in Central African Republic

Rebel fighters in Central African Republic attacked and partially occupied a diamond-mining town on Sunday, four security and humanitarian sources said, a day before authorities are due to declare results of the presidential election. At least five rebels were killed and two army soldiers wounded in the clashes in Bangassou, which lies on the southern… Read More Two soldiers injured, five rebels killed following clashes in Central African Republic

Central African Republic opposition calls for annulment, repeat of general elections

A group of influential opposition politicians in Central African Republic has called for an annulment of last Sunday’s election, saying that a third of voters were unable to cast their ballot because of insecurity. Voting took place amid an offensive by armed groups in rural areas long beyond the reach of government control in the… Read More Central African Republic opposition calls for annulment, repeat of general elections

Central African Republic holds general elections amid threats of violence

Central African Republic on Sunday voted in presidential and legislative elections being held under a cloud of violence as the government, international partners and United Nations peacekeepers seek to hold off a rebel advance. Militias hostile to President Faustin-Archange Touadera, who is seeking a second term, have stepped up attacks since the constitutional court this… Read More Central African Republic holds general elections amid threats of violence

Three UN peacekeepers dead, two injured following attack ahead of elections in Central African Republic

Three United Nations peacekeepers were killed in Central African Republic, the U.N. mission there said on Saturday, as the government and its allies tried to fend off a rebel offensive ahead of Sunday’s presidential and legislative elections. The Burundian peacekeepers were killed on Friday by unidentified assailants in Dekoa, about 200 km (125 miles) north… Read More Three UN peacekeepers dead, two injured following attack ahead of elections in Central African Republic