The Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (CAR), Firmin Ngrebada, has announced that he has tendered his resignation to the President, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, about three months after the holding of the second round of the legislative elections, without giving reasons about his decision.
“I have just handed over to His Excellency, the President of the Republic, His Excellency Faustin-Archange Touadéra, my resignation and that of the Government,” Ngrebada said in a brief message posted on his account on the social network Twitter.
Ngrebada assumed the post of prime minister in February 2019 as a result of the peace agreement signed between the government and fourteen armed groups and at the moment it is not clear if Touadéra is considering the possibility of handing over the mandate to form an Executive.
The peace agreement sought to stabilize the country after the conflict that broke out in late 2013 between former rebels from the Séléka coalition – mainly Muslim – and the ‘anti-Balaka’ self-defense militias – predominantly Christian -.
However, tensions rose again at the end of 2020 in the face of the presidential elections, in which Touadéra obtained re-election, as a result of the elimination of the candidacy of former president François Bozizé, which led to a new armed uprising, in this case by the Patriots Coalition for Change (CPC).
The Central African Army has made numerous territorial advances in recent months with the support of Rwandan special forces and Russian mercenaries, who have defeated CPC militiamen in various parts of the country, made up of various rebel groups, including signatories of the agreement of peace, and now headed by Bozizé.