Central African Republic profile
President: Michel Djotodia
Michel Djotodia marched into the capital Bangui at the head of 5,000 Seleka rebel fighters on 24 March 2013 to seize power from President Bozize, who fled the country.
Mr Djotodia immediately moved to suspend the constitution and dissolve parliament, and announced he would rule by decree.
But he promised to relinquish power after elections scheduled for 2016, and to abide by the spirit of the power-sharing agreement signed the Gabonese capital Libreville in January.
He also said he would review existing contracts with foreign mining companies.
In response to the coup, the African Union suspended the Central African Republic's membership and imposed sanctions on Mr Djotodia and other Seleka leaders.
Regional leaders have since recognised him as the country's transitional head but stopped short of embracing him as president.
The United States condemned the rebels' seizure of power and refused to recognise Mr Djotodia.First Muslim leader
In the months after the coup, Mr Djotodia struggled to rein in his former rebel fighters who were accused by rights group Human Rights Watch of executing opponents, raping women and looting homes - acts that could constitute war crimes.
The rise of Mr Djotodia - the first Muslim to lead the mostly Christian country - has some Christians worried. He has stressed the state's secular nature and pledged to serve all its citizens.
Seleka - "alliance" in the local Songo language - is a coalition of five rebel groups mainly based in the north. It launched an offensive against the government late 2012, after accusing President Bozize of failing to honour a peace deal agreed in 2007.
Mr Djotodia heads the Union of Democratic Forces for Unity (UFDR) group within Seleka. A civil servant under President Ange-Felix Patasse, he was given a diplomatic post when Francois Bozize seized power in 2003, but launched a rebellion after falling out with the new president in 2005.