20 January 2014

Central African Republic: Mayor of Bangui Named Interim President

Cape Town — Mayor of Bangui Catherine Samba-Panza has been elected the Central African Republic's interim president by the transitional parliament, according to an Al Jazeera Television report.

Deutsche Welle reports that contenders included two sons of former presidents, Sylvain Patasse and Desire Kolingba.

Samba-Panza will fill the place of Michel Djotodia, who stepped aside last month under intense international pressure. Djotodia, who was installed by the mainly Muslim rebel force Seleka, was blamed for a failure to stem rising sectarian bloodshed, which the United Nations has warned could turn into genocide.

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