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President's resignation raises hope of end to sectarian strife in Central African Republic

Published on Jan 11, 2014 11:46 AM

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AFP) - The resignation of the Central African Republic's rebel leader-turned-president raised hopes on Saturday of an end to sectarian strife that has pushed the nation to the brink of collapse.

Under intense diplomatic pressure, Mr Michel Djotodia stepped down on Friday during a special regional summit in Chad, which called his move a "highly patriotic decision".

Mr Djotodia had come under fire for failing to rein in the mainly Muslim rebels who brought him to power in March 2013 and whose abuses triggered retaliatory violence by Christian militias.

Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye, whose notoriously bad relations with Mr Djotodia had crippled the state's ability to take any decisive action against armed gangs, also quit.

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