Noureddine Adam, leader of the Front Populaire pour la Renaissance de la Centrafrique (FPRC) rebel group, has once again called on Prime Minister Firmin Ngrebada to grant influential government positions to his allies. He also requested clemency for arrested FPRC partisans, continuing a pattern of constant pressure on the prime minister.
Maintaining this peace deal has been akin to balancing a house of cards on a ball.
This is hardly new for Ngrebada, who has been forced to placate several rebel groups, granting them positions as ambassadors or ministers to form an “inclusive government” in keeping with requirements of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in the Central African Republic (APPR-RCA). Maintaining this peace deal has been akin to balancing a house of cards on a ball, with multiple clashes between rebel groups leading to the death of dozens of people and the displacement of tens of thousands more since the APPR-RCA was signed in Khartoum, Sudan, on February 5, 2019.
Within the Central African Republic (CAR) government, Ngrebada is also hemmed in by “Russophile” apparatchiks who have sought to convince President Faustin Archange-Touadéra that Ngrebada poses a potential challenge in the December 2020 presidential election. This same Russian contingent also seeks to drive a wedge between the CAR government and the United Nations MINUSCA peacekeeping mission.