Central African Republic elections set for May

The president of Central African Republic says elections in the world's second poorest nation will be held May 16.

A decree read on national radio Tuesday said that the election was being changed from April 25 because the international community said the vote could not be organized in time.

President Francois Bozize said that campaigning will run from May 3-14.

The mineral-rich country that borders Sudan's troubled Darfur region has been plagued by military revolts and other uprisings since independence from France in 1960.

The top U.N. envoy to Central African Republic has said that the upcoming election and disarming of rebel groups are key to the country's stability.