Organized by the Republican Front, close to power, in the presence of members of the government and other parties favorable to the authorities, this rally brought together “more than 15,000” people, says a member of the organization.
Gathered around the Labor Monument, in the city center of the capital, the activists chanted the national anthem under them windows of the presidency waving banners. “Yes to the referendum and to institutional reforms”, one could read.
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Speeches followed one another at the podium, asking President Faustin-Archange Touadéra “to organize a referendum within 30 days and “to repeal the decree ratifying the appointment of the members of the Constitutional Court”.
The Head of State made a brief appearance to say that he had “heard” them. “I will pass on all your comments and discuss them with the various institutions, but please be patient, I will get back to you shortly,” said Faustin-Archange Touadéra, before of slip away.
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The rally lasted all morning. Many demonstrators were paid 2,500 CFA francs (about 4 euros) by the Republican Front for having participated in the mobilization, noted an AFP journalist.
At the end of August, Faustin-Archange Touadéra had created by decree a committee responsible for drafting a new Constitution, while the current text prohibits him from running for a third term. But on September 23, the Constitutional Court presided over by Danièle Darlan had canceled them on a referral from the opposition, which fears that a new fundamental law authorizes the head of state to run for a third mandate.