CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC. Bangui: The former President of the Central African Republic (CAR), François Bozizé is now the new rebel leader in the country.
Coalition of Patriots For Change (CPC) spokesman, Serge Bozanga said that Bozizé had accepted the call by the six-armed groups that are members of the CPC.
The groups had asked him to take the lead of the coalition as its General Coordinator.
Created in December 2020, in the run-up to the presidential election, the CPC brings together six of the main rebel groups that control two-thirds of the Central African Republic.
The country’s current government has accused him of being behind a recently failed offensive by the so-called Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) against President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, who won re-election in a December 2020 vote marred by insecurity and low turnout.
The constitutional court had earlier blocked Bozizé’s bid to stand in the presidential election, on the grounds that he was under United Nations sanctions over his alleged support for militias held responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the conflict that began in 2013.
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Coalition of Patriots For Change (CPC)
The objective of the CPC is to march towards Bangui, the capital, to bring down the government of President Faustin Archange Touadéra.
His various attempts have failed in the face of the response of UN soldiers and elements from Russia.
Since the invalidation of his candidacy for the presidential elections of 27 December 2020, Bozizé has formalized links with the Coalition of Patriots for Change.
Bozizé has therefore left the head of his political party, the Kwa NA kwa, to devote himself to managing the rebellion.