A spokesman for the Seleka fighters says that they are supervising a return to calm and they would hold elections in Central African Republic (CAR) after a transition period of three years. Eric Massi, the spokesman for the Seleka coalition, told France 24 on Monday that legislative and parliamentary elections would be held in three years.
“Three years may sound like a long time, but it’s a short time to bring security back to the country and return to normal conditions,” he added.Massi stated that Seleka fighters respect a peace deal signed between them and the CAR government in January. He noted that Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye would remain in his post until the end of the period of transition despite the fall of President Francois Bozizé’s government. Tiangaye had been appointed prime minister to lead a national unity government as part of the peace deal. “Our goal is not to set a strict deadline but to establish a roadmap that respects the spirit of the agreements signed in Libreville to return to democracy,” Massi said. On Monday, Bozizé took refuge in neighboring Cameroon. A statement from the office of Cameroon’s president said the ousted CAR leader is seeking a temporary stay before going to another country. Bozizé fled his country after Seleka fighters had seized the capital Bangui over the weekend. Reports say that the rebels’ leader Michel Djotodia declared himself the new president. Hostilities in the CAR resumed last week after the Seleka accused Bozizé of breaking an earlier peace deal. On January 11, the president and representatives of the Seleka fighters signed an agreement in Libreville, the capital of Gabon, after three days of negotiations brokered by regional neighbors. The Seleka fighters launched an offensive against the government in December 2012. There are many mineral resources, including gold and diamonds, in the Central African Republic. However, the country is extremely poor and has faced a series of rebellions and coups since it gained independence in 1960. MP/AS