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CAR Heavy Weights François Bozizé & Michel Djotodia Return From Exile

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Former President Michel Djotodia

On the streets of Bangui, political speculation is rife after former Central African Republic Presidents have been sighted in the country.

Former President François Bozizé and his nemesis Michel Djotodia that overthrew Bozizé by gun fire have been in exile for several years after the country descended into the worst blood bath.

The two former leaders are speculated to be gearing up for the presidential elections scheduled later this year.

Former President Michel Djotodia, who presented himself as “a man of peace”, left Bangui on Monday 13 January after a short 48-hour stay there, promising to return definitively soon.

Meanwhile, François Bozizé who fled the country in 2013, returned to the country month ago. However, he has not yet met or spoken to Faustin-Archange Touadéra the current head of state.

Djotodia has managed to meet and speak to the incumbent president for almost an hour with, just hours after his arrival.

On Saturday, Djotodia also met the President of the National Assembly, the head of the transitional state, Catherine Samba Panza, and finally François Bozizé whom he had overthrown by arms in 2013.

However, the former president, now 71, canceled all his meetings at the last minute, officially due to a stroke of fatigue, which has fueled much speculation in the Central African capital.

It is however, alleged that the current president refused to with Bozizé, which their respective circles deny.

Political pundits say Bozizé was the subject of an arrest warrant, which is not the case for Michel Djotodia. Secondly, President Bozizé is more on the side of the opposition.

So, there is a feeling that there is behind this, electoral maneuvers, desire to display in view of the elections to be held at the end of this year.