1st Female Prez for African Nation

    The mayor of Bangui, Catherine Samba-Panza, waves to National Transitional Council (CNT) members after being elected interim president of the Central African Republic on January 20, 2014, in Bangui. Samba-Panza was elected in a second-round vote by the transitional parliament, securing 75 votes against 53 for Desire Kolingba, the son of a former Central African president.  AFP  PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO        (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    While the Central African Republic is struggling through a sectarian civil war, the National Assembly has chosen Catherine Samba-Panza, 58, to be the interim president. She is the first woman to ever lead the country. She beat seven other candidates, including the sons of two former presidents. “Our country is at the brink of implosion,” Samba-Panza said. “More than ever, the country needs someone who can bring it together.”

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