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Former Central African Republic leader who's wanted for alleged crimes against humanity announces presidential bid

Former Central African Republic leader who's wanted for alleged crimes against humanity announces presidential bid
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Former Central African Republic President Francois Bozize, who was ousted in a 2013 rebellion, announced his candidacy in the country’s December presidential election. 

The announcement came despite Bozize facing United Nations sanctions and an arrest warrant for alleged crimes against humanity from his last stint as the country’s leader.

“The country needs a man of experience, peace and conviction,” Bozize said in a speech in the capital Bangui, according to Reuters.

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Bozize first took power in 2003 and served for 10 years. He was ultimately overthrown in 2013 by mostly Muslim rebels from the north of the country, leading to a brutal civil war with the majority Christians. The way fueled a dire humanitarian crisis.

The new administration put out a warrant for his arrest for crimes against humanity and incitement of genocide but has not moved to detain him since he returned to the country last year.

Faustin-Archange Touadera, the current president, won his first term in 2016 and though he has not declared his candidacy, he is expected to run for a second term.