General elections scheduled for February of 2015 in the Central African Republic (CAR) may be delayed as result of continued violence between Seleka-remnants, anti-balaka militias and civilians caught in the crossfire. Christians throughout the CAR suffered immensely during Seleka’s rule following its successful coup in March of 2013.
09/02/2014 Central African Republic (allAfrica) – Elections set for February in Central African Republic to consummate a democratic transition after a March 2013 coup will probably be delayed because of persisting insecurity, the deputy head of the interim parliament said on Tuesday.
The northern half of the country is occupied by the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel alliance, which briefly seized power last year. The Seleka withdrew from the capital and the rest of the south early this year in the face of attacks by Christian militia.
Violence continues to simmer on the frontier between the rebel-held north and the Christian south. Tens of thousands of Muslims have fled their homes in the south and those who remain in a small enclave in Bangui face sporadic violence.
“The National Election Authority said it could not put the organs necessary for a decentralized election in place in the provinces, which is what we need,” said Lea Koyassoum Doumta, vice president of the transitional national assembly.