French tanks deploy around Bangui presidential palace

A boy plays with a kite made from twigs and plastic bags, next to a makeshift camp housing an estimated 100,000 displaced people, at Mpoko Airport, in Bangui, Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

BANGUI: At least four French tanks were deployed Friday around the presidential palace in Central African capital Bangui, shortly after the chaotic country's leader Michel Djotodia resigned during a summit of regional leaders in Chad.

Djotodia, who was installed as the country's first Muslim president after a March coup, stepped down after intense pressure over his failure to stem deadly sectarian violence.





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