Touadéra's influence over presidential guard creates concern
Recent promotions within CAR's presidential guard favour the Mbaka-Mandja ethnic group, of which de Faustin-Archange Touadéra is a part, making the guard less diverse.
The head of presidential security in CAR, Alfred Service, has taken over the country's national Olympic committee with the backing of Rodolphe Héritier Doneng at the sports ministry. Both men have ties with Les Requins, a shadowy group accused by the UN of illegal operations.
Appointed prime minister on 11 June, Henri-Marie Dondra has the difficult task of reassuring the cash-strapped country's financial backers while dealing with heightened tensions over the December elections and growing Russian influence. The appointment of his cabinet will be a baptism of fire.