BANGUI — The rebel leader whose fighters toppled the government of Central African Republic earlier this year has been officially sworn in as president.
Michel Djotodia, head of the Seleka rebel coalition, now has 18 months to organize elections in the landlocked country of 4.6 million that aid organizations say is on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe.
In remarks during Sunday's swearing-in ceremony in Bangui, Djotodia called on the country's political class to observe a truce to allow a leader "with unchallenged legitimacy" to be voted into office.
Djotodia declared himself president after longtime ruler Francois Bozize was ousted in March.
Seleka fighters have been accused of widespread killings, rapes and looting since then. Human Rights Watch said Sunday that it "continues to receive credible reports of killings in the provinces."