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Deposed CAR Leader Bozize Announces Presidential Bid

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Deposed CAR Leader Bozize Announces Presidential Bid

A deposed president in Central African Republic, Francois Bozize is bidding for a comeback.

The former president has announced he will run for president, again, in December.  This is a brave leap for Bozize as he disregards a U.N. sanction and international arrest warrant against him for alleged crimes against humanity.

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Bozize made the announcement over the weekend in the capital, Bangui, where he addressed a large crowd of supporters at a congress of his party.

73-year-old Bozize was a general and army chief.  He was overthrown as president in 2013 by a coalition of mainly Muslim rebels from the north.

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The majority Christian country was plunged into a violent civil war.  It has been experiencing an acute and ongoing humanitarian crisis since then.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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