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28 September - 04 October 2015

Weekly Media Monitoring report for the Central African Republic
Posted on September 11, 2015

Contents

Compiled by Christina Murphy

  1. Prisoners break out during Bangui violence
  2. Elections delayed due to instability

1. Prisoners break out during Bangui violence

Sokambi, Sylvestre. “Centrafrique: Plusieurs prisonniers se sont évadés à la prison centrale de Ngaragba.” Centrafrique Presse Info (CPI), 29 September 2015. In French.

  • An unknown number of prisoners escaped from Bangui’s main prison on the evening of 28 September.
  • According to unnamed sources, the prisoners broke out of their cells and overwhelmed the prison guards to escape. At least one prisoner was killed in the process.
  • At the time of publication, the government had not yet made a statement on the escape.

 

Foreign Media

“Central African Republic: ‘Hundreds’ of Prisoners Escape Jail in Central African Republic.” Deutsche Welle, via AllAfrica.com, 28 September 2015. In English. 

  • Several hundred prisoners broke out of Bangui’s Ngaraba jail on 28 September, completely emptying the prison. One source told Reuters that more than 500 prisoners escaped.
  • This mass jailbreak occurred in the midst of several days of violence in Bangui which left more than forty people dead and several hundred wounded.

 

 


2. Elections delayed due to instability
Foreign Media

Anna, Cara. “Central African Republic elections delayed by fresh violence.” The Washington Post, 1 October 2015. In English. 

  • Presidential elections in CAR, originally scheduled for October 18, have been delayed due to the recent incidents of violence in Bangui. However, government officials have said that they expect the vote to take place before the end of the year.
  • The delay was announced by CAR’s foreign minister and Hervé Ladsous, the U.N.’s peacekeeping chief, at a high-level U.N. meeting on the crisis.

 

“Centrafrique: le president tchadien réclame la fin de la transition et des élections ‘avant fin 2015.’” Voice of America, 4 October 2015. In French.

  • Idriss Deby, the president of Chad who has played an important role in mediating the CAR crisis, has called for elections to take place before the end of 2015, despite recent violence in Bangui.
  • Deby stated: “This transition must end. It would be better to have a bad election than a shaky transition. The international community should find the financial means necessary to allow the transition to hold elections before the end of 2015.”          

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