Barely 24 hours after the resignation of the Central African Prime Minister, Firmin Ngrebada, and his government, President Faustin-Archange Touadéra has already found a new occupant for the post. It is Henri-Marie Dondra.
Since the advent of Faustin-Archange Touadéra at the head of the Central African Republic, he has held the post of Minister of Finance and Budget. Henri-Marie Dondra, 55, is an executive of the United Hearts Movement (MCU), the presidential party. A deputy of this party, elected in the first round of the last legislative elections in the first district of Bangui, he had been approached to take the head of parliament. But finally, the choice fell on Simplice Mathieu Sarandji who has occupied the perch since May 5.
The news of the appointment of Henri-Marie Dondra as Prime Minister was communicated to Central Africans on Friday by the reading on national radio of the decree issued by Faustin Archange Touadéra to this effect. The man who takes over from Firmin Ngrebada is a technocrat whose skills in international finance are unambiguous. He is undoubtedly equipped to manage a country with a difficult economic situation and where the security and humanitarian crisis is still raging, with more than 700,000 internally displaced persons and almost half the population barely able to meet their food needs.
It is true that, thanks to Russian support, significant progress has been made since December in recapturing the country, which was once largely controlled by armed rebel groups. More than two-thirds of the Central African Republic’s territory has already been recaptured from the rebels. The presence of Russia, whose influence is growing in the Central African Republic, is casting a shadow over relations between France and the country of Faustin Archange Touadéra. On the diplomatic front, the new Prime Minister seems less inclined towards Russia than his predecessor who, just last week, went there to negotiate new investments in his country.