Central Africa Republic calls for constitutional referendum

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President Faustin Archange Touadera of the Central African Republic says that he would call a referendum on a new constitution that would allow him to seek a new term.

“I have decided to submit this project for a new constitution to a referendum,” he said in an address to the nation posted on Facebook, without saying when the vote would take place.

Touadera’s opponents have already accused him of seeking to extend his rule despite constitutional limits.

Touadera was elected in 2016 and was returned for a second term in 2020, despite widespread accusations of electoral flaws.

In October, he removed the country’s top judge, Daniele Darlan, in what critics denounced as a “constitutional coup d’etat” after she opposed presidential decrees aimed at revising the constitution.

Currently a president can serve only two terms.

“There won’t be a third term, but the count will be set back to zero, so anyone can seek a new term, including Touadera if he wants,” the president’s main advisor, Fidele Gouandjika, said after the announcement.

Africanews/Hauwa M.