The authorities in the Central African Republic have relaxed the curfew hours in the country imposed in January following the menace from rebels of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).
According to a presidential decree signed on Tuesday, the curfew hours now run from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. instead of from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. as obtained since January.
The decision to relax the curfew by two hours follows a recommendation from the Minister of Defense and Reconstruction.
At the beginning of Jan. 2021, a curfew was imposed throughout the Central African Republic national territory to curb the CPC’s actions, the new rebel alliance that launched an offensive on the eve of the legislative and presidential elections of Dec. 27, 2021.
In addition to the curfew, President Faustin Archange Touadera, on Jan. 22, declared a state of emergency throughout the national territory lasting for 15 days and eventually prolonged it for six months after the expiration of the 15 days.
For some time now, the defence and security forces of the Central African Republic supported by Russian and Rwandan mercenaries have been carrying out counter operations in several localities aimed at flushing the rebels out of the zones they had occupied.
Combatants of the CPC have since been pushed out of almost all the towns and villages they occupied, and most of them are now hiding in the bushes or have melted into the local populations.
Some armed groups in the country formed the CPC to support the former head of state, Francois Bozize, whose candidature for Dec. 27, 2020 presidential election was rejected.