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New CAR Leader Accepts African Transition Plan

April 04, 2013

by VOA News

The rebel leader who seized power in the Central African Republic has accepted a regional plan to transition the country to democracy.

The information minister of self-proclaimed president Michel Djotodia said Thursday that Djotodia "has agreed to all the plans" drawn up by heads of state at a regional summit in Chad this week.

The summit ended Wednesday with African leaders refusing to recognize Djotodia as head of the CAR. They called for a transitional council to lead the country to elections in the next 18 months.

Djotodia's Seleka rebel coalition overthrew President Francois Bozize on March 24.

Meanwhile, South Africa said Thursday that it will pull its troops from the CAR Thirteen South African soldiers were killed in a clash with rebel fighters as they entered the CAR capital, Bangui.

South African opposition parties are asking why President Jacob Zuma sent a force of about 200 troops to the CAR in the first place.

The government says it had an agreement with the now-ousted CAR government. Opposition leaders have suggested the ruling African National Congress wanted to protect business interests in the country.

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