Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

CAR president and PM step down

Central African Republic President Michel Djotodia, left, seized power in March 2013 (AP)

The president and prime minister of the Central African Republic are stepping down from power.

The announcement was made today by Ahmat Allami, the secretary-general of the regional bloc of Central African states.

Rebel leader Michel Djotodia seized power in a March 2013 coup when thousands of his fighters stormed the capital. He was later installed as president while long-time opposition leader Nicolas Tiangaye became prime minister.

However, the country has tilted toward anarchy in the months that have followed and the violence has turned Muslim and Christian communities against each other.

A Christian militia attempted a coup in early December, unleashing days of bloodshed on the streets of the capital that left more than 1,000 people dead.

AP

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