Central African President Touadéra evokes the brutal withdrawal


Central African number one was expected on Tuesday, but he finally arrived on Wednesday, October 13, 24 hours late. The plane chartered by Gabon had technical problems. He therefore temporarily returned to Bangui. A Central African media had mentioned an assassination attempt that Faustin-Archange Touadéra denied on his arrival in the Gabonese capital, where his words were rather expected on another topic.

as reported from Libreville, Yves-Laurent Goma

Faustin-Archange Touadéra was eagerly awaited on the issue of the brutal withdrawal of the Gabonese contingent with blue helmets from his country. On September 15, the UN decided to withdraw the 450 Gabonese soldiers after allegations of exploitation and sexual abuse.

“We have the right to know a little more,” Faustin-Archange Touadéra naturally said. “Secretary-General, because if there are accusations, the responsibility must still be clear that there is compensation for the victims. Since they are all Central African women, we have the right to know a little more.”

The Gabonese soldiers had been present in the Central African Republic for 25 years, then joined Minusca’s ranks in April 2014 when the UN launched this mission, which was to put an end to the bloody civil war. The Faustin-Archange Touadéra did not specify the possible return of the Gabonese soldiers to their country.

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