In the Central African Republic, on Friday 22 July in Bangui, around twenty political parties and civil society organizations created a “republican bloc”. The main purpose of this platform: to challenge the 2016 constitutional reform draft.
The revision of the constitution would result in breaking the lock on the number of presidential terms, which would allow President Faustin-Archange Touadera to run for a third. That is why on Friday about twenty parties and civil society organizations launched a “republican block” with the aim of fighting the desire for constitutional reform.
Together with the AXADLE, the former prime minister, Martin Ziguélé, is part of this republican block. He explains the process to us. “We must work within the framework of the constitution, we must mobilize the people, we must use all the instruments that the constitution and the laws put at our disposal to mobilize the people and oppose this truth and ensure that this struggle is not limited to political forces, but also to social forces. Hence the presence of taxi and bus unions and other civil society organizations,” he emphasizes.
“The people who participated in the Bangui Forum must express themselves and say that they have not asked for any change or amendment of the constitution because these are not urgent issues today in a country like ours which is under the yoke of armed forces groups, he insists. There are huge security challenges in the country, not to mention economic problems, a situation of recession where we are economically. And it seems to us that it is this challenge that a responsible government should take care of itself and not try to manipulate the constitution to remain in power ad vitam forever.
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