CAR Coup Leader Strengthens Grip on Power

The leader of last month’s coup in the Central African Republic (CAR) says he will serve as both president and defense minister.

Michel Djotodia, whose rebel forces overthrew President Francois Bozize, made the announcement in a decree read on state radio late Sunday.

Members of Mr. Djotodia’s Seleka rebel coalition will hold a number of other ministries.  Nicolas Tiangaye – an opposition leader who joined the previous government as part of a power-sharing deal – remains as …