Central African Republic Elections May be Postponed Again if Violence Persists


The Central African Republic’s elections due next month seem unlikely to take place, following the on-going wave of violence in the country. The elections were originally scheduled for October 18 and were postponed to December. But the on-going reprisal attacks between Muslims and Christians may prompt another postponement. Meanwhile President Catherine Samba-Panza says that the UN has failed to stop the violence

The violence which erupted again in September after months of an uneasy calm has killed at least 90 people.

Interim president of Central African Republic Catherine Samba-Panza wants the United Nations and International Criminal Court to sanction political leaders behind the unrest. She also called on the U.N. mission to return arms confiscated from the army to allow it to assist in keeping the peace

Hundreds of people have reportedly fled their homes in Bangui after the weekend attack by men from the mainly Muslim PK-5 neighbourhood. U.N. peacekeepers have been stationed in PK-5 since last year.

Tens of thousands of Muslims were driven from their homes in the capital last year by anti-balaka groups.

Authorities delayed presidential and parliamentary elections, in part because of the unrest, and pushed it to December 13th this year and they may be pushed back again if the violence persists.

A peace deal was signed in May 2015 between 10 armed groups requiring them to disarm and possibly be charged with war crimes during the two-year conflict.