Central African Republic – interim leader appoints new prime minister

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ReutersCentral African Republic's interim president Catherine Samba-Panza speaks to the media at her residence in Bangui January 21, 2014. REUTERS-Siegfried Modola

A man strikes a burning motorbike with a machete after it was set ablaze in Avenue Bonganda in the Lakouanga district of the capital Bangui January 25, 2014. REUTERS-Siegfried Modola
A French peacekeeping soldier holds a confiscated machete in the centre of the capital Bangui January 25, 2014. REUTERS-Siegfried Modola

 Central African Republic’s interim president Catherine Samba-Panza speaks to the media at her residence in Bangui January 21, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Siegfried Modola

BANGUI (Reuters) – Central African Republic’s new interim President Catherine Samba-Panza has named Andre Nzapayeke, a former official of the African Development Bank, as prime minister, state radio said on Saturday.

Samba-Panza, who took office two days ago, is seeking to build an interim government to restore order to the former French colony after months of sectarian violence that has left thousands dead or homeless.

The mineral-rich country descended into chaos last March when Muslim armed groups known as Seleka seized power in a coup, unleashing a wave of killing and looting.

That triggered revenge attacks by Christian militia known as anti-balaka, or anti-machete, and fighting has escalated in recent days despite the presence of about 1,600 French troops and 5,000 African Union peacekeepers.

A Muslim former…

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