Bangui - The Central African Republic's rebel strongman
Michel Djotodia has accepted the outcome of a regional summit on the country's
crisis, which called for the election of a new interim president following last
month's coup, the prime minister said on Thursday.
"I have discussed [the issue] with the head of state [Djotodia], who has given his agreement that this solution be chosen,"
said Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye, who attended Wednesday's summit of the
Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in N'Djamena.
Leaders at the summit refused to accept Djotodia's role as
self-proclaimed president of the poor and strife-torn country after the ouster
of elected president Francois Bozize by his rebel Seleka coalition almost two
"As things stand now, it is impossible to recognise a
self-proclaimed president," Chadian President Idriss Deby told journalists
at the outcome of the summit. The African Union has already suspended the
Central African Republic following the coup.
A freshly elected council should take charge of the
transition and play an executive role, regional leaders agreed in Chad. Deby
said this body must vote for a transitional president who would serve for not
more than 18 months.
"This is an agreement that will enable the CAR to come
out of isolation, which will enable us to avoid being shunned by the
international community. I see no reason why the Seleka should oppose it,"
"This national transitional council (CNT) will have to
elect the president of the republic and the president of the CNT as a
constituent legislative body, which will enable the CAR to avoid
sanctions," he added.
Legitimacy and legality
"From the moment when all parts of society will be a
part of this institution, that will be a guarantee of legitimacy and legality
which will allow us to give more weight to our institutions."
Djotodia, a former civil servant and diplomat who turned
rebel in 2005, grabbed power on March 24 after a rapid assault on the capital
Bangui on the grounds that the regime had failed to abide by a January peace
He kept opposition figure Tiangaye in office as head of the
government, in line with the accords signed with Bozize in Gabon's capital
Libreville, and vowed to hold elections by 2016.
However, Deby said that a legislative body would be formed
to take on the role of a parliament, while a mission of ministers from ECCAS,
the African Union and the European Union, among others, would be sent to Bangui
on Thursday "to take the message to Central Africans".
Chad is the region's dominant military power and hosted the
summit as a way to give the Seleka coalition a semblance of legitimacy,
according to a diplomatic source.
Bozize, in exile in Cameroon, has accused onetime ally Chad
of helping the rebels to oust him after 10 years in power.