May 20, 2010, midnight
Central African Republic (May 10, 2010). Members of parliament voted last week to extend President Francois BOZIZE’s term until the next elections can be held. BOZIZE’s term was set to expire on June 11. The elections were scheduled for April 25, delayed to May 16, and are again postponed indefinitely. Election officials said they could not organize a vote by May 16, specifically citing a lack of resources to prepare voter cards. Both BOZIZE and opposition politicians back the delay. BOZIZE was elected in 2005, after taking power in a coup two years earlier. He expects to face ousted former President Ange-Felix PATASSE, who has returned from exile to contest the election.