C Africa opposition coalition calls for delay to elections

BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (AFP) – A coalition of opposition parties in Central African Republic yesterday called in a statement for postponement of presidential and legislative elections due to go ahead later this week.

The Coalition of the Democratic Opposition made the call a day after the government accused the group’s former leader, ex-president Francois Bozize of trying to stage a coup d’etat, as rebel forces seized control of key routes to the capital Bangui.

A statement from the coalition “demanded the postponement of the December group elections until the re-establishment of peace”.