The Central African Republic’s highest court has canceled plans for a constitutional rewrite committee.
It marks a setback for President Faustin-Archange Touadera, who was thought to be seeking a third term in office.
Lawyers announced this on Friday. Emile Bizon, president of the Central African Bar Association, said: “The struggle of the Bar Association is to guarantee the independence of the judiciary.”
“That the judges can make their decisions only in relation to the law without any pressure from either side.”
The court insisted that a referendum on changing the constitution could be triggered by the president, but he could not act contrary to the oath he took when elected in 2020, pledging that he would not attempt it. number and duration of its mandates.
Mr Bizon added: “I don’t believe for a moment that the government can take the risk of going against a court decision that would confirm what we are saying here, which is the destruction of the judiciary.”
The 65-year-old president was first elected in 2016 and then re-elected in a controversial 2020 poll, but protesters took to the streets in the capital Bangui on August 27 against changing the constitution.
Touadera won his second term with a 53.16 percent share of the vote amid widespread insecurity in the CAR, which has been fighting a decade-long civil war.
Fewer than one in three voters were able to cast a vote in what the UN says is the second least developed country in the world.