CAR President names first Muslim prime minister

The Central African Republic, CAR, President, Catherine Samba-Panza, on Monday in Cape Town appointed the nation’s first Muslim prime minister as part of efforts to end more than 18 months of sectarian violence.

Mahamat Kamoun, a senior leader of the Muslim Seleka rebel group, took office, five days after former Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke, a Christian, and his government resigned.

Ms. Samba-Panza, also a Christian, requested Mr. Nyzapayeke to step down last week to create a more inclusive government, after Seleka and Christian anti-Balaka militia signed a peace agreement in neighbouring Congo Brazzaville on July 23.

CAR has been in turmoil since Seleka overthrew President Francois Bozize, a Christian, in March 2013.

Thousands of people have been killed and about a million displaced due to the ethno-religious conflict.

About 2,000 French, 6,500 African and 800 European forces are battling to contain the violence in the former French colony.

(dpa/NAN)

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