BANGUI, 18 December 2020 – The three main rebel groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) have announced a coalition ahead of next week’s presidential elections.

The announcement came in the midst of fresh attacks and the deployment of United Nations peacekeepers.

Soldiers, gendarmes, police in the face officers and administrators in Mbaiki, chief town of Lobaye Prefecture, fled as rebels attacked and took control of the town on Friday.

Rebels also attacked the town of Boali forcing residents to flee into the bushes and forests.

The Executive Secretary of the ruling United Hearts Movement (UHM) and former Prime Minister, Simplice Mathieu Sarandii, fled Boali the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde.

He and his family arrived Yaounde on Friday night, according to press reports.

Earlier Friday, rebel forces had attacked and taken over the town of Boda before moving to Mbaiki, situated only 107 kilometers from the capital, Bangui.

United Nations Peacekeepers in CAR – Photo ReliefWeb

The real identity of the rebels sending security forces on the run is not known although the government of President Faustin-Archange Touadera has accused former President Francois Bozize of attempting a coup d’Etat.

Former President Bozize was disqualified from running in the December 27, 2020 presidential election by the Constitutional Court.

Bozize officially told reporters that he was submitting to the decision of the Constitutional Court.

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