Bangui - Central African Republic will bring forward its
presidential election to next year, Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye said on
Thursday, bowing to pressure from former colonial power France to speed up the
transition after a March coup.
The rule of interim president Michel Djotodia, the leader
of the Seleka rebels who seized power in March, was originally set to last
until 2015, under a deal hammered out with regional African powers.
"The national electoral authority has been put in
place and members will be sworn in by the end of this week, or early next,"
Tiangaye said after meeting US ambassador to the UN Samantha Powers, who
visited Bangui on Thursday.
"They will be in charge of preparation and
organisation of the election, which will take place in 2014," he said.