more than a quarter of the seats in the Assembly for the presidential party

Voters vote for the second round of legislative elections on March 14, 2021 in Bangui

© Camille LAFFONT
Voters vote for the second round of legislative elections on March 14, 2021 in Bangui

The party of Central African President Faustin Archange Touadéra has consolidated its relative majority in the National Assembly but remains far from the absolute majority, according to an AFP count of the official provisional results on Sunday of the partial legislative elections organized a week ago.

This election concerned 50 constituencies, out of 140 seats of deputies, where the vote could not take place in December due to a rebel offensive which aimed to prevent a re-election of Mr. Touadéra.

According to the provisional results of these by-elections held on May 23, Mr. Touadéra’s party had 36 seats on Sunday evening, 11 more than before, seven constituencies still being tied for a second round.

The stake was minimal anyway: the new Chamber, which began its work in early May, is dominated by the independents, but those close to the Head of State have already been elected to key positions in the Assembly.

The opposition presented itself in very dispersed order in the first round of these legislative elections, on December 27. As in the outgoing Assembly, a number of elected officials without labels or “independents”, including some from the ruling party, should often vote in favor of the government in important votes, according to Central African political scientists.

The Central African Republic, the second least developed country in the world according to the UN, has been in the grip of a civil war since 2013, but of lower intensity since 2018.

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On the eve of the presidential and legislative elections on December 27, however, armed groups controlled two-thirds of the territory and many towns following their offensive.

But the armed forces, mainly with the support of hundreds of Russian paramilitaries, Rwandan special forces and some 14,000 UN peacekeepers, pushed them back into the countryside and have largely reclaimed the territory since.

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