CAR sets term limit for pres­i­dent

Lesotho Times - - Africa -

BAN­GUI — Cen­tral African Re­pub­lic’s tran­si­tional gov­ern­ment on Sun­day adopted a new con­sti­tu­tion that would limit fu­ture pres­i­dents to two terms in of­fice as the coun­try seeks to end more than a year of sec­tar­ian vi­o­lence.

The new char­ter would limit the pres­i­dent’s man­date to five years that can only be re­newed once and can­not be pro­longed for any rea­son, and would cre­ate a new se­nate to help gov­ern.

The con­sti­tu­tion, which will now be put to a public vote, also in­cludes the cre­ation of a spe­cial court to judge the most se­ri­ous crimes.

“I urge the Cen­tral African peo­ple, when the time comes, to give strong back­ing to this new fun­da­men­tal law to al­low our coun­try to get back on the path to a nor­mal con­sti­tu­tional or­der,” said Alexan­dre-fer­di­nand Nguen­det, chair­man of the Na­tional Tran­si­tional Coun­cil.

The Cen­tral African Re­pub­lic de­scended into blood­shed af­ter a 2013 coup against long-time leader Fran­cois Boz­ize un­leashed a wave of vi­o­lence, pit­ting Chris­tian an­tiBal­aka mili­tias against mostly Mus­lim Seleka rebels.

Its tran­si­tional lead­ers have planned a con­sti­tu­tional ref­er­en­dum be­fore the pres­i­den­tial and par­lia­men­tary elec­tions sched­uled for Oc­to­ber 18. But the elec­tions have al­ready been de­layed twice due to the lo­gis­ti­cal and se­cu­rity chal­lenges of hold­ing the vote in re­gions still gripped by vi­o­lence.


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