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CAR opposition rejects set poll

2010-03-01 08:08

Bangui - Members of the Central Africa Republic's opposition have categorically rejected a presidential decree fixing general elections for April, a member of the coalition said on Sunday.

The parties in question - several opposition parties and a group of ex-rebels - "reject outright" Thursday's decree by President Francois Bozize, said Gabriel Koyambounou, a member of the UFUN opposition coalition.

Bozize fixed April 25 for the first round of presidential and legislative elections in a decree read on state radio, but named no date for a possible second round.

Campaigning is slated to take place between April 12-23.

In power since ousting ex-president Ange-Felix Patasse in 2003, Bozize has not yet declared his candidacy but many observers believe he will run for re-election.