10 January 2014

Central African Republic President Resigns

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Interim President Michel Djotodia.

The interim president of the Central African Republic has resigned, after months of political unrest and sectarian violence.

The resignation of Michel Djotodia was announced Friday after a two-day summit of the 10-nation Economic Community of Central African States in Chad.

The statement also said Prime Minister Nicolas Tiengaye will step down. It was not immediately clear when or how new leaders would be chosen.

Mr. Djotodia's government had denied reports that regional leaders would use the summit to urge him to go.

Some news agencies say ECCAS members have become frustrated with the president's attempts to curb violence that has left more than 1,000 people dead and displaced more than 900,000 others.

Djotodia came to power after mostly Muslim Seleka rebels toppled former President Francois Bozize last March.

Soon after, the CAR slid into widespread chaos and violence, much of it between the ex-Seleka rebels and Christian militias known as anti-balaka.

The violence has hampered efforts by relief workers to help displaced civilians.

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