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Congresswoman Karen Bass

Representing the 37th District of California

Statement on Selection of Catherine Samba-Panza as Transitional President in the Central African Republic

January 23, 2014
Press Release

Today, Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, released the following statement on Catherina Samba-Panza being selected as Transitional President in the Central African Republic:

“I welcome the election by the Interim Parliament of C.A.R. of Catherine Samba-Panza as the Transitional President in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.)  President Samba-Panza is a remarkable woman—having been both a businesswoman and a recently elected mayor of Bangui, the capital and largest city of the C.A.R,  and I hope that she will use her experience and expertise to begin the process of uniting the country and putting C.A.R. on the path to peace.

“I was particularly moved by her victory speech in which she called on both Muslim and Christian fighters in the country to lay down their weapons and stop the suffering of the C.A.R.

 “I join Secretary Kerry in commending the C.A.R.’s Transitional National Council for conducting their selection process  of the new Transitional President in a deliberate, open, and transparent manner.  The process ensured the airing of a full range of views from C.A.R.’s civil society and as such, I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress, Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Thomas-Greenfield, the African Union, and other members of the international community to support President Samba-Panza in her efforts to bring peace to the C.A.R.”