A wasted effort after a week of meetings last March. The Republican Dialogue is a real intrigue in the Central African Republic (CAR) with 600 proposals made by 450 participants in the absence of the opposition and armed groups.
The much desired Republican Dialogue in the Central African Republic has ended with almost 600 proposals. These are far from putting a definitive end to the crisis in CAR. In fact, none of the proposals touch on the real problems nor on the expectations of the Central African people.
Apart from the absence of the opposition and armed groups from the dialogue, there were a number of intriguing events that marked the dialogue. These include the split within the opposition, which resulted in only a minority of dissidents participating in the dialogue.
Secondly, the revolt of civil society organisations in response to the constitutional review proposed by the ruling majority and the reaction of the presidium of the dialogue, which declared itself incompetent to treat this proposition and bounced back the issue to the presidency and the national assembly. Finally, the statements and positions of the participating fractions on the recommendations resulting from the dialogue are events that characterise the Republican Dialogue.
So the question is : who really benefits from the Republican Dialogue in the Central African Republic?
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