MILITARY FUSION CENTRE
MEDITERRANEAN BASIN TEAM PRESENTS
Central African Republic and the Second Seleka Coup
By Foard Copeland
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01 April 2013
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both president and defence minister.
By the terms of the“Libreville” power sharing agreement,Djotodia served as de-
fence minister from January 2013. The Libreville agreement, m
litical era with legitimate government institutions by 2016. “During thattransition period which will lead us to free, credible and transparent elections, I willlegislate by decree”, Djotodia told
limits on presidents. He also oversaw acorruption case brought against Bozizé in the 1980s. However, it is unclear howmuch authority he will command in the nascent CAR government. According to
, following the coup Djotodia immediately sought a “conciliatory tone”with
the international community by requesting assistance to retr
ain the military fromthe United States and France. He also expressed intentions to review lucrative min-eral and oil contracts established with China and South Africa by the previous government. On 31 March, Djotodianamed a cabinet that included eight opposition seats, sixteen seats for civil society members of smaller political parties and ten additional positionsfor Seleka leaders. Edouard Koyambounou, speaking for a coalition of opposition parties, said that opposition figures will not partic-ipate in the new administration, with the exception of Tiangaye, who is perceived as legitimate because he was selected to serve as prime minister under the internationally
brokered Libreville agreement.
reported that opposition parties boycotted the
“caretaker government” and suggested that sixteen of the civil society position were disguised as Seleka members.
Western governments have yet to embrace Djotodia or his newly
announced government. Victoria Nuland, spokesperson for the USDepartment of State, said thatUS goals for CAR are to “build on Libreville and establish a real democratic roadmap to take the
country back to appropriate democratic governance as compared to the seizure of power by the Seleka rebels”. Nuland also said thatofficials were reviewing options to freeze non
humanitarian funding. Francedeployed an emergency contingent to join the 250
French soldiers already in the country. The troops secured the airport and will rema
in in the former French colony to protect an esti-
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