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Central African Republic journalist on the run after open letter to President

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A prominent journalist and government critic in Central African Republic, Ben Wilson Ngassan, has reportedly gone on the run after threats to his life following an open letter he addressed to President Faustin Archange Touadera, accusing him of being “obsessed with power.”

According to media sources in the country, Ngassan went into hiding three days after he sent the letter to President Touadera at the end of a national dialogue many described as a “sham.”

At the dialogue, among many things, it was resolved that the country’s constitution would be amended to enable the President stand for election for a third term, which brought widespread condemnation from the opposition and the media.

Ben Ngassan

Ben Ngassan

Ngassan was said to have gone into hiding when he discovered that he was being tracked by a certain Thierry Lebene, alias 12 Powers, reputed to be a hitman for the CAR President.

“Near where I live in reclusion, two black vehicles with tinted glasses and no number plates have been patrolling the area,” the embattled journalist said in a statement released from his hideout on Wednesday night.

“According to neighbours, this is strange because the vehicles are not owned by residents of the area and the said vehicles had not been seen in the vicinity in the past.

“For precautionary reasons, I am going to change my hideout while waiting to know more about the vehicles. I want to make it clear of the perpetual security danger facing me.

“Being the young man that I am and assisted by another youth of the same generation like me, I am not really secure. I however continue to hang on to a high moral in spite of all. This is a red alert.

“Since March 27, 2022, I have been the target of threats and intimidation by militia of the regime. My life is in danger,” Ngassan wrote.

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Somaliland electoral body, SLNEC, postpones presidential election. Here’s why

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Somaliland has postponed its presidential elections to next year from its initial scheduled date in November.

The region’s electoral body, Somaliland National Electoral Commission (SLNEC) made the revelation on Saturday.

The poll will now be held in nine months from October – or next July – because the currently scheduled date of Nov. 13 “is not viable due to time, technical and financial constraints,” SLNEC tweeted on Saturday.

 

There were deadly protests in the region in August with demonstrators demanding elections be held in November when President Abdi’s term will end.

The protest came out amid suspicions President Muse Bihi Abdi wanted to delay the poll and extend his term.

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Chad pushes for Africa’s permanent seat at UN’s Security Council

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Chad, a country in Central Africa is pushing for a representation of the continent in the United Nations Security Council as a permanent member.

Chad’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Awatif El Tidjani Ahmed Koiboro, on Friday said Africa’s inclusion into the Security Council would “correct a historic injustice” and help countries in the G5 Sahel.

“On the reform of the Security Council, the body responsible for peace and international security, Chad once again urges member states to move from rhetoric to action in order to achieve the said reform and correct the historic injustice towards the African continent, which excludes it from full and equal participation in this body.” She said.

“Regarding the internal situation of the G5 Sahel, which recorded the departure of the sister Republic of Mali, we regret this withdrawal,” said Mss Koiboro.

“Because Mali is a founding member of this organization. It has its place by our side.

“We will not be able to defeat terrorism, stabilize and develop the Sahel, without a common fight and pooling of resources.

“We hope that our Malian brothers will reconsider their decision and rejoin our common organization. The door of the G5 Sahel is always wide open to welcome them.

The push for a permanent seat at the UNSC has lasted for some time, countries like South Africa and specifically Nigeria have already demanded two permanent seats be allocated on the UN Security Council to Africa. How soon will the seat come?

The Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the Charter of the United Nations, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

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