Central African Republic Coup Leader Adds to His Roles

Tuesday, 02 Apr 2013 04:44 AM

 

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BANGUI, Central African Republic — The coup leader in Central African Republic who has declared himself president now says he'll also serve as the country's defense minister.

The announcement came in a decree read on state radio that also outlined other roles within the country's new unity government.

Self-declared President Michel Djotodia has said he intends to stay on as president until the next elections, which are not due until 2016.

His rebel alliance known as Seleka also was awarded several other essential posts in the government, including the minister of mines and the minister in charge of security and public order.

Djotodia's rebels overthrew President Francois Bozize on March 23 after he had spent a decade in power. He and his family fled to neighboring Cameroon as thousands of rebels invaded the capital.

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