President Francois Bozize of the Central African Republic (CAR) Thursday appointed opposition leader, Nicolas Tiangaye, as the country's new Prime Minister under a national transition government, the Congolese foreign affairs ministry announced here. It said the appointment was in line with an agreement reach on 11 January in Libreville, Gabon.
The deal was reached under the supervision of the Congolese president, Denis Sassou Nguesso, appointed by the Economic Community of Central African States (ECOWAS) to mediate in the crisis.
The ceasefire accord allows Bozize to stay in office until his term ends in 2016. However, he will not be eligible to run in the country’s next presidential election.
Under the deal, the CAR president dissolved the current government so that a transitional unity government can be formed.
The contract also calls for a prime minister chosen from the opposition to lead the transitional government until parliamentary elections are held within 12 months to replace the national assembly.
The newly-appointed PM will soon form a new all-inclusive government.