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France voices concern over firing of C. Africa ministers
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French President Francois Hollande in front of the two flag-draped coffins of the soldiers that died on December 9 in Central African Republic, during a ceremony in the courtyard of the Invalides in Paris on December 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / POOL / YOAN VALAT
French President Francois Hollande in front of the two flag-draped coffins of the soldiers that died on December 9 in Central African Republic, during a ceremony in the courtyard of the Invalides in Paris on December 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / POOL / YOAN VALAT
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PARIS: France voiced concern on Monday over the firing of three ministers in the Central African Republic's transitional government, saying the move risks causing more instability in the strife-torn country.

"France is concerned by the firing of three ministers and the treasury director announced by (interim president) Michel Djotodia without the counter-signature of Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye," deputy foreign ministry spokesman Vincent Floreani said.

"This move, which contradicts the constitutional charter of the transition, is likely to further exacerbate instability," he said.

Finance Minister Christophe Bremaidou, Security Minister Josue Binoua, Livestock Minister Joseph Bendounga and Treasury director Nicolas Geoffroy Gourna-Douath were all dismissed under presidential decrees issued by Djotodia.

Djotodia, whose rebel coalition Seleka seized power in CAR with the ouster of president Francois Bozize in March, is heading an interim government due to step down by the end of next year.

Djotodia has repeatedly vowed to remain faithful to the principles of the January 2013 Libreville peace accords Seleka signed with the opposition and Bozize's regime.

CAR has fallen into chaos since the March coup, with deadly violence pitting Muslims against Christians.

Some 600 people have been killed in the country in the last 11 days and France has sent 1,600 troops into CAR to support an African-led mission trying to restore order.

 
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