Rebel Leader Formally Dissolves Central African Republic Constitution, Parliament, and Government

by Colonel on March 26, 2013

“Michel Djotodia, one of the leaders of the Seleka rebel coalition, said … he plans to stay in power until 2016, the length of time left in the [predecessor's] term.

The Seleka rebel leader justified his coup d’etat, saying Bozize had veered into dictatorship during his 10 years in power. “Through us, it was the entire population of Central African Republic that rose up as a single man against the president,” Djotodia said, according to Radio France Internationale. “To this effect, we have decided to guide the destiny of the people of the Central African Republic during this transitional period of three years, in keeping with the spirit of the accords signed in Libreville in January 11, 2013 … As a result, I have decided that it is, therefore, necessary to dissolve the constitution … as well as the parliament and the government,” he said.

” — Rukmini Callimachi, Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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