National consultations begin in the Central African Republic

In the Central African Republic, national consultations opened this Monday morning in preparation for the major republican dialogue announced by President Faustin-Archange Touadéra last March. The president was re-elected after controversial elections, which had been disrupted by a coalition of armed groups, the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), since December. The opening of this dialogue had long been requested by the opposition political parties, as well as the international community.
President Faustin Archange Touadéra will receive the first participants in the consultations this Monday morning. The 23 members of the Bangui delegation will open the ball at the Palais de la Renaissance today.
On Tuesday, it will be the turn of civil society: unions, associations and NGOs will follow one another until Wednesday. The religious denominations will then come to the table. Protestants, Catholics and Muslims will present their grievances to the President next Friday.
Finally, after a day devoted to the prefectures and traditional chiefs from all over the country, the political parties or gatherings such as COD 2020 will close the consultations on Tuesday, April 27.
The government has ruled out any dialogue with representatives of armed groups or any political party that has shown any support for the Coalition of Patriots for Change, CPC. On the other hand, the technical support team said that deputies affected by a procedure to lift their parliamentary immunity would be able to participate in the consultations.
Once the consultations have been compiled, the head of state has promised that they will serve as a basis for implementing the peace and national reconciliation agreement signed more than two years ago.