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Updated May 15, 2020

 

Centre Afrique Soldiers
The Central African Republic is no stranger to mutinies and coups. In this photo from 1996, a group of Forces Armées Centrafricaines (FACA) mutineers prepare for a day of talks with French troops.

 

Soldiers of the Central African Armed Forces (Forces Armées Centrafricaines, or FACA) peacefully entered the rebel-held northeastern town of N’Délé on Wednesday, May 13, for the first time in eight years. They were greeted warmly by Abdoulaye Hissen Ramadan, the leader of the FPRC rebel faction, which had initially forced out government troops from the city at the beginning of the Central African Republic Civil War in 2012.

 

Senior government positions were offered to rebel leaders.

 

The peaceful reclamation of N’Délé is a major victory for the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in the Central African Republic, signed on February 6, 2019, between the government and the fourteen principal rebel groups active in the conflict. Under the peace agreement, senior government positions were offered to rebel leaders to facilitate a power-sharing agreement ahead of presidential and legislative elections in December.

While the FPRC may be cooperating, however, other rebel leaders, such as Abdoulaye Miskine, head of the FDPC, have been placed under international sanctions by the UN Security Council for allegedly recruiting more troops after rejecting the government post offered to him.

 

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