BANGUI, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Nicolas Tiangaye, lawyer and leader of Central African Republic's opposition coalition, was nominated prime minister of a national unity government by President Francois Bozize on Thursday.
"Tiangaye is not a foreigner, he is a citizen of Central African Republic. He is capable of carrying out this function and we wish him all the best in his new role," Bozize said before signing the presidential decree regarding the appointment.
Tiangaye was named at the end of a meeting broadcast live on state radio between Bozize and his opponents.
Under a peace agreement signed on Jan. 11, 2013 in Libreville, the capital of Gabon, between the Seleka rebel coalition and the government, Bozize is to share power with other political groupings in the country. Bozize has promised an opposition prime minister and that he would not contest during the 2016 presidential elections.
On Saturday, Bozize dissolved the government led by Faustin Archange Touadera, just a day after returning to Bangui from the Gabonese capital for talks to end the political crisis.
Seleka launched an offensive against the government on Dec. 10, 2012 and has taken control of more than 10 towns in northern and Central African Republic, prompting the Libreville talks.
Gabon was the broker of the 2007 peace deal between the rival sides of Central African Republic and the Republic of Congo is now the mediator of the crisis.