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Selecting Transitional Leaders in the Central African Republic

Press Statement
Marie Harf
Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 15, 2014


The United States is closely following the ongoing deliberations of the Central African Republic’s Transitional National Council as it works to select a new President and Prime Minister. We urge that the selection process be transparent, include a full range of political, religious, and civil society representatives, and be consistent with provisions of the Transitional Charter and the Libreville Agreements, which call for the prime minister to come from the democratic opposition.

The Council has an historic opportunity to put the country on a path toward stability, democracy, and development, and we encourage the Council to seize this opportunity by selecting leaders of integrity who can restore stability to the Central African Republic (CAR), prepare for credible elections as soon as possible, but no later than February 2015, and earn the confidence of the international community.

The United States commends the leadership of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in facilitating the political transition process in the CAR and remains deeply committed to working with ECCAS, the African Union, the UN, and representatives of civil society to support the political transition process.


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