- Opposition politicians in the Central African Republic (CAR) are reeling with fears of possible break of the political consensus reached in the all-inclusive political process.
Colonel Djim-Wei Bebiti, the spokesman of the Popular Army for the Restoration of Democracy (APRD) warns against any attempts to sideline the opposition groups, making reference to the submission of the general amnesty bill to the national assembly without allowing opposition parties to go through it, let alone add their input in it.
In a statement, APRD expresses fury for being elbowed out in the launching of a steering committee for the all-inclusive dialogue. The party says it fears the security of its representatives to the national talks and even wonders how discussions are going to be conducted and what sort of adoption procedures will be applied.
APRD also scolds the CAR armed forces and the presidential guard for breaching the two current ceasefire agreements by "regularly subjecting" its political bases to "provocative acts."
The party questions why the head of the CAR armed forces' detachment to Col. Bebiti has been preventing the population in the APRD stronghold from carrying out shopping in Mbaiboum.
Last month, the two rebel groups - APRD and the Democratic Forces Union for Renewal (UFDR) - signed a comprehensive peace agreement with the CAR government in the Gabonese capital Libreville. The crisis-ridden country's government also signed a ceasefire agreement with APRD of Jean Jacques Demafouth in the same place in May.
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