This August 6, in the streets of Bangui, the whistles cover the usual noise of motorcycles and vehicles of all kinds. In the early hours of the day, dozens of people began to invest the city center of the Central African capital, at the monument of the Martyrs, a traditional gathering place. Their number increases to several hundred, then to more than a thousand. Their objective: to obtain the organization of a referendum pour modify the current Constitution of the country, and thus allow President Faustin-Archange Touadéra (FAT) to run for a third term. Held by young people, some of whom are barely old enough to slip a ballot into the ballot box, the banners display big “Yes” for a “better future”. Another slogan is clearer: “Touadéra must continue”.
In the heart of this noisy atmosphere, several ministers made the trip, including the first of them, Félix Moloua. The latter solemnly receives a written request from the demonstrators, demanding the holding of a popular consultation aimed at obtaining a modification of the Constitution. Hippolyte Ngate, the president of the Republican Front, an organization which officially supervises the demonstration, is responsible for transmitting the message to the Prime Minister. “The people only want one thing, the modification of this obsolete Constitution […]. We [en] ask for a new one, adapted to the reality of the country, ”he assures.
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At the end of the morning, the fervor subsides. Everyone goes home with the feeling of accomplishment. The pockets are often fuller too. The presidential majority, and in particular the United Hearts Movement (MCU, in power), has indeed not deprived itself of paying the demonstrators. Some received 15,000 CFA francs (23 euros). Others less. And again, the “walkers” of the capital are better paid than those who have beaten the laterite in distant prefectures. Several even complained to local representatives of the ruling party that they had only received 500 CFA francs. Despite the efforts of the majority, notably in the National Assembly, the money ran out in places. But the operation is undoubtedly a success.