By Ange Ngu Thomas
A new period of hope might be descending across Africa after African leaders refused to recognize self-proclaimed new Central African Republic CAR president Michel Djotodia.
The African Union AU has also suspended the CAR from the organization in a move that might help reduce the instability that has been a scourge across Africa following multiple coup d’états by power hungry military officials. There have been multiple military coup d’etats in African countries from Nigeria through Guinea Conakry to Chad.
Michel Djotodia and his seleka rebels recently seized power after a January peace agreement with then President Francois Bozize collapsed. Bozize himself seized power from Ange Felix Patasse ten years earlier.
Western leaders and President Obama condemned the coup describing Djotodia as an “illegitimate leader”.
The new junta leader said he will rule the country by decree until next elections are organized in 2016.
According to United Nation estimates, more than 40.000 CAR residents have fled the country mainly from the Capital Bangui to neighbouring Cameroon, Congo DR and Chad. Former President Francois Bozize fled to Cameroon but we are reliably informed he is arranging to move to another African country soon.
South Africa has now pulled out some 200 troops from the capital Bangui. The withdrawal follows the killing of 13 South African troops by the rebel forces.
Meeting in the Chadian capital N’djamena, the current chair of the African Union, Idris Derby (who also came to power through a coup) said his peers against all expectations will not recognize the new CAR leader, signaling a drastic change which might now make it more difficult for military officials to get up one morning and decide to seize power
African and Western leaders have already condemned the rebellion in the mineral-rich but chronically unstable nation. The African Union suspended Central African
In a bit to appease worldwide condemnation of the coup, the new CAR strongman has already attempted to create a transitional government led by a civilian prime minister, Nicholas Tiangave.
Idris Derby, the AU Chairman said there was now need to create a transitional government that will draw up a new constitution and organize free and fair elections within the next 18th months.
A former French colony, the CAR is mineral-rich and one of the most unstable countries in Africa. It has seen several coups that started with self-proclaimed emperor Jean Bedel Bokassa who ruled the country from 1966 to 1979.
Bokassa was overthrown in 1979 in a coup led by David Dacko and backed by French commandos based in the country. Two years later, David Dacko himself was toppled by Andre Kolingba, who eventually allowed multi-party presidential elections and lost to Ange-Felix Patasse.
Kolingba’s successor, Ange-Felix Patasse, was later kicked out by Francosie Bozize in 2003,