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Originally published Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 12:12 PM

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C. African Republic: March in favor of new leader

A demonstration in support of Central African Republic's new leader Michel Djotodia was held in the capital, Bangui, on Saturday.

The Associated Press

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BANGUI, Central African Republic —

A demonstration in support of Central African Republic's new leader Michel Djotodia was held in the capital, Bangui, on Saturday.

Several hundred residents marched through the city of 700,000, carrying banners endorsing Djotodia, who came to power earlier in March when the Seleka rebel coalition advanced from the north to seize the capital city.

Djotodia met the press Friday and said that he will lead the country through a transitional period to elections in 2016, and he pledged he would not be a candidate in those polls. He vowed to strengthen the rule of law and freedom of expression in the country.

In Johannesburg, South African President Jacob Zuma announced he will on April 3 attend a regional summit on the situation in Central African Republic held by the 10-nation Economic Community of Central African States, according to a statement from the South African president's office. The meeting in N'Djamena, Chad, has been convened by the chairman of the organization, the Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno.

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