CAR: Election of New President gives us Hope for Peace, says Bishop

BANGUI, FEBRUARY 26, 2016(CISA) – Bishop Juan José Aguirre Muños of the Catholic Diocese of Bangassou has expressed hope that the election of president Faustin-Archange Touadéra will finally bring peace to the country.

“The political situation gives us great hope now because we see the light at the end of the tunnel, but here in the Bangassou area we always live under the threat of the LRA, the guerrilla group of Ugandan origin that has raged for years, attacking villages in the diocese,” Bishop Aguirre told Fides.

He noted that there was hope that the election of the new president will “pave way to the normalisation of the country after the violent chaos created by the Seleka and anti-Balaka militias.”

Bishop Aguirre was commenting on the just ended election in CAR which saw Faustin-Archange Touadéra elected as the new head of state.

The President- elect Touadera served as prime minister for Francois Bozize, who was toppled by the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel coalition in 2013.

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