“I have just handed over to his Excellency the President of the Republic Faustin-Archange Touadéra my resignation and that of the government.” Central African Prime Minister Firmin Ngrebada announced on Twitter that he had presented his resignation and that of his team on Thursday, June 10.
Firmin Ngrebada held the post of Prime Minister since February 25, 2019, after the signing of a peace agreement between the authorities and the armed groups.
“We will know within a few hours whether the Prime Minister is reappointed by the President,” Albert Yaloké Mokpémé, the spokesperson for the presidency, told AFP. The head of state, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, was re-elected on December 27 but in a ballot in which less than one in three voters had the opportunity to go to the polls due to a rebel offensive.
Ranked by the UN as the second least developed country in the world, the Central African Republic has been in the grip of a civil war since 2013, which has, however, declined considerably in intensity since 2018.
Since the end of December, in the face of a rebellion aimed at overthrowing Faustin-Archange Touadéra, the army of the barely re-elected president has reconquered a large part of more than two-thirds of the territory previously controlled by armed rebel groups, but only thanks to the engagement of hundreds of Russian paramilitaries dispatched by Moscow.