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Stays until 2016: Central Africa´s President receives support from African Union, and makes deal with rebels.

François Bozizé Yangouvonda (born 14 October 1946) is a Central African politician who has been President of the Central African Republic since 2003.  Bozizé rose to become a high-ranking army officer in the 1970s, under the regime of Jean-Bédel Bokassa; after Bokassa was ousted, Bozizé served in the government as Minister of Defense from 1979 to 1981 and as Minister of Information from 1981 to 1982. He participated in a failed 1982 coup attempt against President André Kolingba and subsequently fled the country. Years later, he served as Army Chief of Staff under President Ange-Félix Patassé, but he began a rebellion against Patassé in 2001.  Bozizé's forces captured Bangui in March 2003, while President Ange-Félix Patassé was outside the country, and Bozizé took power, ushering in a transitional period of government. He won the March–May 2005 presidential election in a second round of voting, and he was re-elected in the January 2011 presidential election, winning the vote in the first round.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