Bangui Mayor Catherine Samba-Panza emerged ahead of seven other candidates vying for the post, including two sons of former presidents.
Djotodia, the first Muslim to lead the majority Christian nation, resigned on Jan. 10 under pressure from regional powers. Since his rebel forces ousted President Francois Bozize in a coup, nearly 1 million people have been displaced and many have been killed in Muslim-Christian violence.
[For the Record, 7:40 a.m. PST Jan. 20: An earlier version of this post misspelled the name of the Central African Republic's new interim leader as Catherine Samba-Panga. Her name is Samba-Panza. Also, the post previously stated that Samba-Panza won the post over a field of eight other candidates. There were seven others.]