The Central African republic’s government announced on Thursday a curfew throughout the country.
The move is seen as an additional way to fight against the rebels’ advance even if for the time being, it is being pushed back far from Bangui by loyalist forces, peacekeepers and some reinforcements from Russian and Rwandan fighters.
President Faustin Archange Touadera, re-elected in a disputed vote last month, announced the new measure in a statement on national radio.
He gave no information on the purpose of the curfew and it was unclear how the government intended to enforce it.
Touadera won five more years in power as a result of the December election. However, fighting has continued in towns nationwide since the election, with the rebels threatening to march on the capital, Bangui.
The political opposition insists Touadera’s victory lacks legitimacy. They have demanded a re-run.
Landlocked CAR is one of the world’s poorest nations and has seen a string of coups and wars since it gained independence from France in 1960.