Catherine Samba-Panza
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Central African Republic MPs elect Catherine Samba-Panza

21 January 2014 Last updated at 04:06 GMT

Bangui mayor Catherine Samba-Panza, 59, has been elected interim president of the Central African Republic, making her the first woman to hold the post.

She beat her rival Desire Kolingba in the second round of voting by the interim parliament.

Thomas Fessy reports.