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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

EU and ACP congratulate the new President of CAR

The members of the National Transition Council in the Central African Republic recently elected Ms Catherine Samba - Panza as Head of State of the Transition. Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affair s and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission congratulated Ms Samba - Panza, wishing her every success.
Secretary General H.E Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni conveyed his wholehearted support for the newly elected interim President of the Central African Republic, H.E Mrs. Catherine Samba-Panza. In a letter to the President on behalf of the ACP Group, the Secretary General hailed the appointment as “a positive sign for the restoration of peace, security, public order and democracy”. “The ACP Group knows that your qualities as a stateswoman will help you meet the challenges that await you,” he stated, underlining the full support of the Group in her mission.
Ashton stated that this election is a significant first step towards restoring Central African authorities, responsible for completing the transition process. She called upon Ms Samba - Panza to proceed as soon as possible to appoint a new Prime Minister and government able to dedicate themselves to meeting the complex challenges facing the country.
President Samba-Panza – a former mayor of Bangui – is the first ever female to lead the country, and the third woman in Africa to hold such a post. On 20 January 2014, she was voted in by the transitional government to lead the CAR to elections by January 2015.

Source: ACP Press and the European External Action Service