CAR unity government agreed

2013-02-03 21:33
President of the Central African Republic Francois Bozize at the presidential palace in Bangui, Central African Republic. (Ben Curtis, AP)

President of the Central African Republic Francois Bozize at the presidential palace in Bangui, Central African Republic. (Ben Curtis, AP)

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Acccra - Former Rebels and opposition politicians have taken key positions in a unity government in the Central African Republic (CAR), local media reported on Sunday.

The government was formed after the Seleka rebel coalition and the CAR government agreed to a peace deal last month in Gabon.

Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye, who was picked for the post from opposition ranks in mid-January, will also serve as finance minister in the new government.

The defence ministry will be headed by former rebel leader Djotodia Michel, said Radio France International.

Seleka rebels took control of several towns in CAR and were advancing on the capital Bangui after launching an offensive against the government in December.

This prompted France, the United States and the Economic Community of Central African States to deploy troops in the country.

The rebels accused President Francois Bozize of breaching a past peace deal and wanted him to step down. Bozize will complete his term as president until 2016 under the peace deal.

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