Africa

Former CAR President Patasse dies

Ange Felix Patasse (2006 picture)
Image caption Mr Patasse died in exile in Cameroun

Former Central African Republic (CAR) President Ange-Felix Patasse has died at the age of 74, his aides say.

Mr Patasse was first elected in democratic polls in 1993. He won re-election six years later but was ousted when rebels seized power in 2003.

Under his tenure, CAR experienced a number of military mutinies.

He was succeeded by his former army chief Gen Francois Bozize - the current president - who took up arms against Mr Patasse in 2001.

After being ousted, Mr Patasse went into exile. He died in Cameroon.