The entire cabinet is left in the latest political crisis to hit the country, but the president’s spokesman says the prime minister could be asked to lead the new administration.
Firmin Ngrebada, prime minister of the Central African Republic (CAR), has resigned along with the entire cabinet, the latest political crisis to hit the war-weary country.
Development on Thursday came during a turbulent week after France announced it would suspend military operations with its former colony.
Ngrebada said on Twitter that he had handed over the resignation of the government and the government to President Faustin- Archange Touadera, but a presidential spokesman told the AFP news agency that the prime minister could be exploited to lead a refreshed administration.
“We will know in a few hours whether the president will keep the prime minister,” said Albert Yaloke Mokpeme.
I have just conveyed to His Excellency the President of the Republic His Excellency Pr Faustin Archange TOUADERA my resignation and that of the government. pic.twitter.com/XUe8aZgayG
– Firmin Ngrebada (@FirminNgrebada) June 10, 2021
Translation: I just handed over my resignation and that of the government to His Excellency the President of the Republic Faustin Archange Touadera
A former chief of staff at Touadera, Ngrebada has been in place since early 2019 when he helped make a February 2019 peace agreement signed with rebel groups in Khartoum that now looks at the point of collapse.
The CAR saw waves of deadly inter-municipal struggle since 2013 they have killed thousands of people and displaced many others. Violence also erupted last year after the constitutional court rejected an offer by former President Francois Bozize to run in the December presidential election.
Touadera was finally re-elected to a turnout of less than one in three voters. Voting was hampered by armed groups that at the time controlled about two-thirds of the country, and a rebel coalition aligned with Bozize launched an offensive on the capital, Bangui, in preparation for election day. .
Legislative elections have left the Touadera United Corps movement under pressure from a parliamentary majority, but observers say it can count on the support of a large number of independent parliamentarians, many of whom are senior, in key votes. associated with the party.
Critics have been calling for Ngrebada’s departure since March, when Touadera was sworn in for another five-year term.
Some have expressed concern about the prime minister’s apparent ties with Russia, whose influence in the CAR is growing.
In Bangui, some thought that Ngrebada had done the best he could given the growing presence of armed groups in vital sectors of the country’s economy.
“However, he has kept his balance by paying salaries, pensions and telling the truth to the armed groups that elected him to be prime minister,” Eric Kpari, a student at Bangui University, told the news agency. Associated Press.
Others, however, had their time as prime minister failed to bring about the much-needed change after years of conflict.
“We expected it to revive the economy through work and to revive good governance,” said Evelyne Rodongo. “Unfortunately, it was in his time as prime minister that the scandals multiplied.”
Earlier this week, about 160 French soldiers providing operational support, while also training Central African forces, suspended their mission. The decision did not affect the approximately 100 French soldiers involved in the United Nations peacekeeping forces and European Union training forces in the country.
French officials have accused Bangui authorities of not fighting anti-French disinformation campaigns online, particularly targeting the country’s ambassador and defending the defense. They also cited the government’s treatment of political opposition.