Stays until 2016: Central Africa´s President receives support from African Union, and makes deal with rebels.
Central African Republic President Francois Bozize and the rebels who sought to overthrow him have reached a deal that will allow him to stay in office until his term ends in 2016, officials said Friday.
The announcement came after several days of peace talks in Gabon, which were organized after an alliance of rebels groups swept through the north of the country and seized control of a dozen towns.
On Friday, Bozize publicly shook hands with the rebel representatives — whom he had denounced as terrorists just two days before — and other political opponents to seal the deal that spares his ouster. READ MORE HERE
President Francois Bozize’s government came under growing threat one week ago as rebels vowing to overthrow him rejected appeals from the African Union to hold their advance and try to form a coalition government.
Meanwhile, dozens of troops from Republic of Congo arrived at sunset on New Year’s Eve in Bangui, the capital, as part of an effort to step up the presence of a multinational regional military force.
After disembarking….READ STORY HERE