Central African Republic Postpones Elections

March 31, 2010, midnight

President Francois BOZIZE has postponed the Central African Republic's general elections to May 16. The move follows advice from donor countries and the election commission that there was not enough time to prepare for the original date of April 25. One opposition party, however, says that May 16 is still too soon. A spokesman for the Union of Active Forces of the Nation insists that elections be held after BOZIZE'S term expires in June. BOZIZE came to power in a 2003 coup. The United Nations maintains a disarmament mission in the country due to continuing security concerns, including the taking of hostages as recently as last weekend.

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