CAR Postpones Elections Again

April 29, 2010, midnight

Elections in the Central African Republic may not take place until after incumbent President Francois BOZIZE'S term ends. The development follows BOZIZE'S announcement on Thursday that Parliamentary and first-round Presidential elections due May 16 had been postponed indefinitely. The President's term expires on June 11. Elections were originally due on April 25, but aid donors and the election commission in late March said there was not enough time to prepare. Observers view this most recent postponement as a concession to opposition parties that argued even May 16 would have been too soon. BOZIZE came to power in a 2003 coup and won a second-round Presidential election in 2005. Low-intensity conflict continues in the country, where there remains a United Nations disarmament mission.

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