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CFC In Focus: Central African Republic and the Second Seleka Coup, 02 April 2013

CFC In Focus: Central African Republic and the Second Seleka Coup, 02 April 2013

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This document provides the ‘In Focus’ excerpt from the MB Weekly 19 March - 01 April 2013. The ‘In Focus’ section of the weekly gives our readership a more detailed reporting of an event or topic of particular relevance in the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest. ‘In Focus’ pieces provide hyperlinks to source material highlighted and underlined in the text. For more information on the topics below or other issues pertaining to the region, please contact the members of the Med Basin Team, or visit our website at www.cimicweb.org.
This document provides the ‘In Focus’ excerpt from the MB Weekly 19 March - 01 April 2013. The ‘In Focus’ section of the weekly gives our readership a more detailed reporting of an event or topic of particular relevance in the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest. ‘In Focus’ pieces provide hyperlinks to source material highlighted and underlined in the text. For more information on the topics below or other issues pertaining to the region, please contact the members of the Med Basin Team, or visit our website at www.cimicweb.org.

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CIVIL
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MILITARY FUSION CENTRE
MEDITERRANEAN BASIN TEAM PRESENTS
 
IN FOCUS:
Central African Republic and the Second Seleka Coup
 
By Foard Copeland
 
This document provides the ‘In Focus’ excerpt from the MB Weekly
19 March
01 April 2013
. The ‘In Focus’ section of the weekly gives our 
readership a more detailed reporting of an event or topic of particular relevance in
the Mediterranean Basin and other regions of interest. ‘ 
In
Focus’ pieces provide hyperlinks to source material
highlighted and underlined in the text. For more information on the topics below or other issues pertaining to the region, please contact the members of the Med Basin Team, or visit our website atwww.cimicweb.org. 
Comprehensive Information on Complex Crises
 
In March 2013, the Central African Republic (CAR) experienced itssecond coup in four months. On 24 March, the
 (“alliance” in Sango) rebel group (5,000 strong) led by Michel Djotodia, seize
 
d the capital of Bangui within a span of a few hours.Bangui is located on the Oubangi River a strategic natural border to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and is home to600,000 residents. Thirteen South African soldiers were killed during the coup in a daylong fire fight with the rebels. As a result,President Francois Bozizétemporarily fled to Cameroon while rebel leader Djotodia assumed control. On 01 April, Djotodiaan- nounced his appointment as
 
 both president and defence minister.
Background
 
By the terms of theLibreville  power sharing agreement,Djotodia served as de- fence minister from January 2013. The Libreville agreement, m
 
ediated by the Eco-nomic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to end the rebellion, estab-lished a unity government after Seleka rebels captured much of northern CAR andmoved toward the capital inDecember 2012.Under the agreement, Bozizé served nominally as president; however, after aJanuary 2013 coup,he was stripped of  formal powers. Newly appointed prime minister,
 
 Nicolas Tiangaye, administeredtheunity government.The agreement further mandated parliamentary elections with
 
in twelve months, release of some political prisoners, and integration of Selekarebels into the national army. On 26 March, Djotodia cited a failure to uphold theseconditions as justification for a coup in which he attacked the capital,dismissed parliament and dissolved the constitution. Djotodia promised to usher CAR into anew po
 
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
 France 24
.
 
Djotodiareappointed Nicolas Tiangaye  prime minister on 27 March. Tiangaye is a well
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respec
 
ted lawyer and long
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timehuman rights advocate responsible for drafting the current constitution that places term
 
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
  Reuters
, following the coup Djotodia immediately sought a “conciliatory tonewith 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
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 brokered Libreville agreement.
VoxAfrica
reported that opposition parties boycotted the “caretaker government” and suggested that sixteen of the civil society position were disguised as Seleka members.
 
International Response
 
Western governments have yet to embrace Djotodia or his newly
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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
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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-
 Excerpted from02 April 2013 
 
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