Amidst pressure for failing to resolve ongoing conflict, President of the Central African Republic Michel Djotodia resigns nine months after Séléka toppled François Bozizé. Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet becomes acting president.
Sources: IB Times
Sources: IB Times
Rwanda deploys what it calls a "protection force" to the Central African Republic after its peacekeepers were attacked by advancing rebel forces on the capital Bangui. The Rwandan and Central African Republic governments accuse former President François Bozizé of backing the rebels and plotting a coup, which he denies. Russia also sends troops and heavy weaponry to support the government.
A Paris court indicts Eric Bagale, a former presidential guard of former Central African Republic President François Bozizé and head of an anti-balaka militia, for "complicity in crimes against humanity" and "criminal association for the preparation of a war crime" on acts his militia committed between 2007 and 2014.
Deposed president François Bozizé announces his bid for the presidency, despite being the subject of sanctions by the United Nations and an arrest warrant, issued by the current government, for alleged crimes against humanity. The Central African Republic has been in a civil war between Muslims and Christians since he was deposed in 2013. It is not known whether the charges against him will play a role in his candidacy.
Voters in the Central African Republic are heading to the polls for the rescheduled parliamentary elections and the first round of the presidential election, where 30 candidates are running to replace Acting President Catherine Samba-Panza. The presidential runoff election is scheduled for 31 January 2016. The Central African Republic has been rocked by unrest since the March 2013 coup of president François Bozizé by Séléka, a mostly Muslim alliance of anti-government groups. Thousands have died and about one million people have been displaced in the ongoing sectarian violence between Séléka and the Christian anti-balaka militia. The United Nations peacekeeping mission has promised a heavy security presence today.