C African Republic president, PM resignReuters . N’djamena
Central African Republic’s interim president Michel Djotodia and his prime minister have resigned, according to a statement issued after a two-day summit in neighbouring Chad.
Regional leaders had put pressure on Djotodia to step down after he failed to halt months of inter-religious violence that has forced 1 million people from their homes.
Talks to decide a new leadership will take place in Bangui, Central African Republic’s capital, at a later date, said the statement issued by Central African regional body CEEAC.
Thousands celebrated on the streets of Central African Republic’s capital on the news that interim president Michel Djotodia had caved in to international pressure and resigned on Friday after failing to halt inter-religious violence.
The resignations of Djotodia and his prime minister Nicolas Tiangaye were announced in a statement issued at a two-day summit of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) in neighbouring Chad. Talks to decide on new leadership will take place in Central African Republic, it said.
Thousands of people have been killed and 1 million displaced by cycles of violence since abuses by Djotodia’s mainly Muslim rebels, known as Seleka, prompted the creation of Christian self-defence militia after he seized power in March.
With memories of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide stirred by the unrest, France sent hundreds of troops to its former colony last month to support African peacekeepers trying to keep the peace. But the killings have continued, and France repeatedly voiced its frustration with Djotodia’s government.
As news from the summit reached the capital, thousands of residents took to the streets, dancing, singing and honking horns in celebration. Cheers erupted at a camp for 100,000 displaced Christian civilians at the French-controlled airport.
There was some sporadic gunfire but there were no signs of the pro-Djotodia fighters who once dominated the city.
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