Faustin-Archange Touadéra has been sworn in as the President of the Central African Republic (CAR).
Touadéra officially began a second term in office on January 19 after the C.A.R.’s December 27 presidential polls. His victory was confirmed on January 18 by the C.A.R.’s Constitutional Court but was rejected by the opposition.
The C.A.R. accused former president Francoise Bozize of organizing a rebel alliance to overthrow Touadéra, a charge Bozize denied.
Touadera, who won the December election with about 53% of the vote, vowed “zero impunity for the perpetrators of crimes” during his second term. “We risk falling into the traps of the past – and the peace, dignity and prosperity we seek will not be found,” he said at Tuesday’s ceremony.