BANGUI, Central African Republic: A government of national unity formed in the Central African Republic after a peace pact between the regime and rebels has held its first meeting, national radio reported today.
In a speech broadcast by the radio, President Francois Bozize said that the gravity and extent of the latest troubles to affect the country can only the better show up the immensity, the weight and the delicacy of the government’s task in bringing about the implementation of the Libreville peace accords signed on January 11 by the previous government, rebels and the opposition.
The agreement signed in the Gabonese capital to end an insurgency launched by rebels of the Seleka coalition in December provided for a halt to conflict in the highly unstable, deeply poor country, and for the formation of the new government headed by an opposition politician.
The task of prime minister was given to Nicolas Tiangaye, while members of the Seleka — which means alliance — were given government portfolios, but the former rebels later complained they had been short-changed by Bozize, who has held power since a 2003 coup.
Bozize added that in reality, these Libreville accords can be resumed in a fundamental point, which is to continue to strengthen the rebuilding of the state and to establish its firm authority across the whole territory, so that calm can return to our soil and Centrafrican people can feel at home.