Central African Republic PM unveils unity gov't
AFPBANGUI, Central African Republic--Central African Republic President Francois Bozize on Sunday unveiled a new national unity government, handing the key defence portfolio to former rebels who nevertheless said they were short-changed.
February 5, 2013, 12:14 am TWN
The unity government is the fruit of a January 11 peace deal that ended a nearly month-long insurgency in the impoverished landlocked state.
But Sunday's announcement caused an outcry from the political wing of the rebel grouping known as Seleka (“coalition” in the country's Sango language).
Even though Seleka leader Michel Djotodia was named deputy prime minister as well as defense minister, the new forest minister, also from Seleka, rejected the lineup.