opponent and alternate Anicet-Georges Dologuélé

Others in the presidential election in December, he wanted to go to France for medical care, according to his spokesman. Authorities cite “new measures” taken in connection with the state of emergency and the ongoing investigations into the links between the CPC rebels and “certain politicians”.

With our special correspondent in Bangui, Florence Morice

According to government spokesman Ange-Maxime Kazagui, if Anicet-Georges Dologuélé was refused boarding on Wednesday, it is a lack of permission to leave the territory issued by the Ministry of Security. It is now mandatory, he said, as part of the state of emergency and ongoing investigations into the coup attempt launched in December by the CPC rebels.

“The Central African authorities are conducting a number of investigations, not on Mr Dologuélé, I would like to specify, to know the different correlations between the CPC and certain political parties and certain personalities and it is in this context that the provisions have been taken so that public persons’ exits from the territory are validated in advance by the authorities. “

Will an investigation be launched directly against Anicet-Georges Dologuélé? “No”, the spokesman replies, according to him it is really a general measure. An “illegal” measure, says Christian Gazam Betty, spokesman for Anicet-Georges Dologuélé. He denies an exemption from the state of emergency and regrets that the opponent was not informed of this new measure until the day before through diplomatic channels.

“When there are investigations, the persons concerned must be notified. We can not order that everyone is blocked due to a general investigation. And when such measures are taken, it is up to the highest authority to inform the institutions, “in this case the National Assembly, said the spokesman, Anicet-Georges Dologuélé as an alternate.” “to request a possible waiver of his parliamentary immunity so that he can be heard in the course of an investigation. Due to the state of emergency, would the president have the right to decide on the free movement of people in the country? No. That is not the case.”

The spokesman deplores a “humiliating” measure, contradictory to the president’s desire to organize a republican dialogue in the country shortly.


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