Central African Republic’s Interim president, prime minister resign over failure to end sectarian violence

Eurasia News

CHAD: The Central African Republic’s interim President Michel Djotodia and Prime Minister Nicolas Tiengaye have resigned after intense pressure over their failure to stem deadly sectarian violence in the country.

Their resignations were announced in a statement issued on Friday after a two-day summit of the 10-nation Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in Chad.

Michel Djotodia seized power after mostly Muslim Seleka rebels toppled former President Francois Bozize in March last year. However, abuses by Djotodia’s rebels triggered the creation of Christian militia groups and a cycle of escalating violence that left thousands of people killed and displaced one million people.