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CAR Court Rejects Bid to Extend President's Mandate

10 June 2020

On Friday, 5 June the Central African Republic's constitutional court rejected changes to the constitution that would have allowed President Faustin-Archange Touadera to stay in power if an election scheduled for December is delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

CAR has 1,845 active cases and 5 deaths due to the corona virus and a surge in cases could be devastating to its health care system. It is also still struggling to emerge from a prolonged civil war.

The government had argued the changes, which would have authorised Touadera and national lawmakers to remain in office for an amount of time to be determined by the constitutional court, were needed to ensure continuity of government.

In its ruling, the constitutional court said the proposed changes violated constitutional provisions forbidding modifications to the president's term and providing for the speaker of parliament to take over on a three-month interim basis if an election must be delayed.

"The will of the people would be tossed aside," it said in its judgment, which also urged the president to organise consultations with political parties to reach a consensual solution.

CAR is one of several African countries where the pandemic has caused uncertainty in whether presidential elections scheduled for later this year will be possible.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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