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Central African Republic dubs rebel leader enemy no. 1

BANGUI The Central African Republic government dubbed a Seleka rebel leader “enemy number one particular” on Sunday in a move probably to further complicate the possibilities of ending the existing wave of political turmoil.

The majority Christian nation has been embroiled in a violent crisis because early 2013 when primarily Muslim Seleka rebels seized energy in a coup just before ceding energy to a transitional government soon after sturdy international pressure.

The transitional government has been tasked with steering the landlocked nation to elections scheduled for Dec. 27. The initial poll date, Oct. 18, was pushed back due to an outbreak of violence that has killed around one hundred men and women in the capital because September.

“The government … calls on every single Central African to be vigilant in resolutely continuing to help the return to the constitutional order that will only be accomplished by the voice of the polls,” the statement reads.

But on Sunday it took objection to a statement by Nourredine Adam, a leader of a faction of Muslim Seleka rebels, who stated on private radio station Radio Ndeke Luka that underdevelopment in his base area had pushed him and his group to take up arms.

“If they send us physicians and teachers to heal and educate our households, they will be welcome,” he mentioned. “But the other government workers, we can’t accept them. The electoral method in the existing context is not attainable.”

The government stated in its statement that Adam’s threat to block elections amounted to an act of war given that he did not respect peace accords and ceasefires. It labeled Adam “enemy quantity one”.

It was not clear no matter whether the government will take further action.

In 2014 the United Nations leveled sanctions like a travel ban and asset freeze against Adam, a Christian anti-balaka leader and Francois Bozize, president until the coup.

Armed males killed eight civilians and one particular U.N. peacekeeper at a camp for displaced people just days soon after the Pope’s pay a visit to final month, the U.N. humanitarian office stated Friday.

(Reporting by Crispin Dembassa-Kette Writing by Makini Brice Editing by Richard Balmforth)

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