BANGUI, Central African Republic – Michel Djotodia, one of the leaders of the rebel group which invaded the capital of the Central African Republic over the weekend, toppling the nation's president,is telling a French radio station he is the de facto head of state.
Asked if people should now address him as Mr. President, Djotodia told RFI in an interview broadcast Monday: "I can consider myself to be, at this moment, the head of state."
Djotodia is one of the leaders of the Seleka rebels who swept through the Central African Republic in December, stopping 75 kilometers (47 miles) from the capital in January. They negotiated a peace deal, agreeing to allow President Francois Bozize to finish his term. In recent days, they declared the peace deal void and pushed on to the capital.