Leader of Central African Republic calls for support for elections planned for 2015
The international community has been urged by the interim president of the Central African Republic (CAR) to provide technical and financial support for elections planned for February 2015. Catherine Samba-Panza spoke at a high level meeting on CAR in the margins of the general debate of the UN General Assembly on Friday.
She said that the legal frameworks and various regulatory bodies for the elections, in which she won’t be running, have been established.
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Central African Republic asks U.N. to tweak arms embargo to aid troops
Central African Republic interim President Catherine Samba Panza asked the United Nations on Saturday to consider tweaking an arms embargo on the landlocked state so its security forces could be properly equipped to work alongside U.N. peacekeepers.
An “anti-balaka” Christian militia took up arms last year in response to months of looting and killing by mostly Muslim Seleka rebels after they toppled President Francois Bozize and seized power in March 2013.
Reconciliation in Central African Republic ‘a distant prospect’
Months of fighting between the mainly Muslim Seleka rebel coalition and the Christian anti-Balaka militia have left at least 5,000 people dead. The atrocities to be probed include murder, rape, forced displacement, persecution, pillage and the use of children under the age of 15 in combat.