CAR: Prime Minister, cabinet resign

Central African Republic’s prime minister, Firmin Ngrébada, on Thursday announced his resignation and that of his government.

 

The PM took to Twitter and stated, “I have just handed over to His Excellency the President, Pr Faustin Archange Touadera my resignation and that of the government.”

 

Firmin did not disclose any further information.

On June 8, The Associated Press reported that the Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect reported on May 31 that “armed groups continue to control the majority of territory in CAR and profit from illegal taxation and arms trafficking, and the cross-border flow of foreign fighters, arms, and natural resources are fueling the crisis.”

 

“A climate of impunity has enabled ongoing violence and allegations of serious human rights violations and abuses by armed groups as well as state security forces and their allies,” said the center’s report.

The ongoing violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in the country have since been condemned by the U.N. Security Council, who warned that attacks on United Nations peacekeepers might constitute war crimes.

 

France, a  former colonial “master” and key ally, early this week suspended military and aid cooperation with the country. France raised an alarm that Bangui has failed to meet up with the terms of their bilateral agreement leading to a social media bashing of French personnel in CAF, thus exposing them to attacks.

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