Central African Republic Rebels Vow to Share Power
African Union suspends country as president flees to Cameroon
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 25, 2013 11:01 AM CDT
In this Jan. 5, 2013 file photo, government security forces drive past a demonstration calling for peace as negotiators prepare for talks with rebels, in Bangui, Central African Republic.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

(Newser) – The rebels who yesterday took over the Central African Republic say they're going to share power with the government they ostensibly ousted. In a statement today, the rebel Seleka coalition said it would "respect the Libreville accord," a agreement negotiated in January that would set up a joint government for two to three years prior to elections. "The current prime minister remains in place, and the Cabinet will be slightly reshuffled," a spokesman said, according to Reuters.

The African Union today suspended the Central African Republic and imposed sanctions and travel restrictions on it, according to the AFP. Ousted president Francois Bozize has fled to neighboring Cameroon, but will ultimately seek refuge elsewhere, a presidential official announced today. If this whole story has you asking questions like, "What is this conflict about?" or "What do the rebels want?" or "What's the Central African Republic?", CNN has a useful recap.

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Mar 25, 2013 8:09 PM CDT
Honestly, I think they should just cut off all aid except the bare minimum to these affected regions in Africa until they can develop their own infrastructure. The way it is now, they're just throwing good money after bad into these war-torn, third world cesspools. Offer them skills and recovery instead of fostering them as dependents.
Mar 25, 2013 5:34 PM CDT
This is how it always begins. Then it doesnt happen. Theres something about these African powergrabbers that always turns them into thieving ruthless despots. The guy before the guy that was overthrown yesterday, Bokassa...didnt he gun down schoolchildren over not wearing uniforms that his family produced? And then theres Idi Amin, who kept his enemies heads in the fridge when he wasnt feeding them alive to crocodiles while laughing. We should not give them one dime of US aid. They just steal it.
Mar 25, 2013 12:03 PM CDT
Nobody shares power.