UN: UN envoy meets new CAR lawmakers in Bangui

New York, US (PANA) - UN envoy in Central African Republic (CAR), Mr. Parfait
Onanga-Anyanga met this week with the new National Assembly in CAR, which
took office after a series of successful elections supported by UN peacekeepers
in the country.

According to a UN statement issued on Saturday in New York, Mr. Onanga-Anyanga,
said the mission's operation contribution was crucial to the success of the
political transition process and the installation of the National Assembly.

"We worked hand-in-hand with the Transitional Authorities, other key international
partners of the G8-CAR and the whole UN family in the country," he said. "Most
importantly, it was the massive mobilization of the Central African people that made
a huge difference".

The G8-CAR is the group which includes representatives of the UN, the African
Union, Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), European
Union (EU), France, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region
(ICGLR), US, and the World Bank.

Mr. Onanga-Anyanga's comments followed a meeting with the newly elected
National Assembly which opened its first extraordinary session in the capital,
Bangui, on 3 May, with 128 out of the 140 Members of Parliament.

The remaining 12 parliamentarians will be elected during partial elections
scheduled for 15 May.

The opening session took place one month after the inauguration of President
Faustin Archange Toudera, the first elected leader in the country since
March 2013 when a coup by Seleka rebels toppled the Government of former
President Francois Bozize.

The coup sparked fighting that killed thousands and forced one-fifth of the
country’s population to flee, causing communities to split along ethnic and
religious lines.

According to the UN, the situation in CAR today is very different from what
it was in 2013, but much remains to be done.

Peacekeepers under the UN mission in CAR (MINUSCA) have played a key
role in helping the country move towards greater political stability, from
assisting with early planning to transporting ballots and securing
electoral sites.

MINUSCA was established in 2014 to protect civilians and support the
transitional government.

The UN Security Council renewed the mission’s mandate for another year
in April 2015, and one of the roles of UN peacekeepers was to work on an
urgent basis to support the Transitional Authorities, headed by Bangui’s
former mayor Catherine Samba-Panza, and the National Electoral Authority
(NEA), to hold "free, fair, transparent and inclusive presidential and
legislative elections".
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