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CAR in state of emergency as rebels move to overthrow government

Rwandan troops are among a contingent of peacekeepers deployed to support the government. Photo: BBC

Central African Republic (CAR) has declared a state of emergency as the army and UN forces try to repel advancing rebel groups who want to overthrow the government.

According to the BBC, the anti-government fighters, who now control two-thirds of the country, have surrounded the capital, Bangui. The UN envoy to CAR has warned the country was “at grave risk.”

The rebels dispute the validity of President Faustin Archange Touadéra’s re-election in last month’s poll.

Authorities have accused former President François Bozizé, who was blocked from running in the 27 December election, for the escalating violence.

At least 60,000 civilians have fled the country due to recent fighting.

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