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Central African Republic interim President Michel Djotodia resigns after weeks of religious clashes

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Who is Michel Djotodia?

 Michel Djotodia
  • Becomes first Muslim leader of an overwhelmingly Christian country after seizing power from Francois Bozize in March 2013
  • Has led several rebel groups
  • Served as both defence minister and diplomat under previous peace deals
  • Said to have used diplomatic posting in Sudan’s Darfur region to forge alliance with Janjaweed militia and fighters from Chad, who played a key role in his seizure of power
  • Has officially disbanded his Seleka rebel group but they continue to kill and loot

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