Central African Republic president dissolves alliance
ReutersBANGUI--Central African Republic's new president said on Friday he was dissolving the rebel alliance that swept him to power, a group that has since been blamed for a wave of violence.
September 15, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Seleka rebels seized the capital Bangui and overthrew leader Francois Bozize in March, the latest in a series of coups in the country that remains one of the world's poorest despite its mineral resources.
The rebels have carried on looting and killing indiscriminately, witnesses have said, and French President Francois Hollande last month called for urgent U.N. action to stop the country slipping further into chaos.
Michel Djotodia, himself a former Seleka leader sworn in as the country's new president last month, released a decree over state radio on Friday dissolving the umbrella group “throughout the national territory”.
It was unclear what impact the order would have on Seleka, a loose alliance made up of five organisations.