The Central African Republic has declared a 15-day state of emergency throughout the country as a coalition of armed groups seeks to overthrow re-elected President Faustin Archange Touadera.

Addressing the public on Thursday, the spokesperson for the presidenct of Central African Republic, Albert Yaloke Mokpeme said the state of emergency was applicable throughout the country for a period of 15 days from midgnight 21 January until February 4.

The announcement comes as an alliance of six armed groups carried out sporadic attacks in towns far from the capital and on the RN3 highway.

President Archange Touadera was re-elected in a contentious vote in December 2020 and was repelled by the opposition groups and several armed groups.

Atleast 100, 000 people have fled their homes in the country as a rebel coalition calling for the resignation of the president launches attacks.