The Central African Republic (CAR) has declared a state of emergency after rebel forces that refused to recognise the December presidential election results, attacked Bangui.
The presidential poll was held in the African nation on December 27. The country's Constitutional Council court invalidated Francois Bozize from running on "morality grounds," and confirmed President Faustin-Archange Touadera's victory in the election with 53.9 percent in the first round. Earlier in the month, the Coalition of Patriots for Change, consisting of various armed groups supporting Bozize, launched an attack on Bangui. The attack was carried out in an attempt to separate the city from the rest of the country.
Over the national radio, Mokpeme said, "The state of emergency is declared nationwide for 15 days starting at midnight. Before the election, the CAR was rocked by clashes between the rebel groups supporting Bozize and Touadera's loyalists.