Danièle Darlan is no longer the president of the Central African Constitutional Court. A decree signed by Central African President Faustin-Archange Touadéra and read on national radio on Tuesday 25 October put an end to his functions. Two weeks earlier, the executive had already decided that the law professor would be retired from the civil service by 31 December at the latest.
While she categorically opposed any form of revision of the Central African constitution, and rejected the Sango Coin project proposed by the Central African government to international investors, Danièle Darlan, guardian of the fundamental law of Faustin Touadéra’s country, was quickly ejected from the system. The executive announced that the 72-year-old President of the Court had reached retirement age in the national education system, from which she came as a university professor before joining the Court.
However, “the members of the Constitutional Court are irremovable during their term of office” and “cannot be prosecuted or arrested without the authorisation” of the highest court in the country.
The mother of all Central African laws, Professor Danièle Darlan has the support of the opposition, which denounces a “constitutional coup” by President Touadéra in order to revise the constitution and run for a third term. This dismissal undoubtedly confirms that Faustin Archange Touadera will do anything to achieve his goals.