Tuesday Feb 05, 201302:08 AM GMT
CAR PM unveils national unity government
CAR President Francois Bozize (R) shaking hands with Michel Djotodia, leader of the Seleka rebels coalition, during peace talks in Gabon on January 11, 2013.
CAR President Francois Bozize (R) shaking hands with Michel Djotodia, leader of the Seleka rebels coalition, during peace talks in Gabon on January 11, 2013.
The Central African Republic’s prime minister has unveiled a new national unity government.


On Sunday, Nicolas Tiangaye unveiled the government, in which power is shared with the Seleka rebels, and the opposition, AFP reported.

The new government, which gives several key posts to the rebels and the opposition, follows a peace deal signed in January.

Michel Djotodia, leader of the Seleka rebels coalition, will be appointed as the as the defence minister and the deputy prime minister.

Tiangaye, who is currently the prime minister and was previously a member of the opposition, also takes the finance ministry portfolio.

"We feel a sense of relief that we have set up a new government," CAR President Francois Bozize said on the country’s national radio.

However, a number of the rebels’ representatives have objected to the appointments.

"We don't recognize this government and we don't have enough ministries," Mohamed Moussa Daffhane, one of the rebels’ representatives, stated.

Another Seleka representative, who wished to remain anonymous, stated, "The proposals we made to the prime minister have not been taken into account. ... We proposed seven or eight names for defence, foreign affairs and international cooperation”

On January 11, Bozize and representatives of the Seleka rebels signed an agreement in Libreville, Gabon after holding three days of talks brokered by regional neighbors.

The Seleka rebels launched an offensive against the CAR government on December 10, 2012.

There are many mineral resources, including gold and diamonds, in the Central African Republic. However, the country is extremely poor and has faced a series of rebellions and coups since it gained independence in 1960.

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