C. African Republic president, PM stepping down

This picture taken on March 30, 2013, shows Central African Republic leader Michel Djotodia (L) speaking with Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye in Bangui.
  • Michel Djotodia seized power in a March 2013 coup.
  • Opposition leader Nicolas Tiangaye became prime minister.
  • Country has tilted toward anarchy in recent months.
  • N’DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — A top regional official has announced that the president and prime minister of Central African Republic are stepping down from power.

    The announcement was made Friday by Ahmat Allami, the secretary-general of the regional bloc of Central African states.

    Rebel leader Michel Djotodia seized power in a March 2013 coup. when thousands of his fighters stormed the capital. He was later installed as president while longtime opposition leader Nicolas Tiangaye became prime minister.

    However, the country has tilted toward anarchy in the months that have followed and the violence has turned Muslim and Christian communities against each other.

    A Christian militia attempted a coup in early December, unleashing days of bloodshed on the streets of the capital that left more than 1,000 people dead.

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