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CAR elects Bangui mayor as interim president

In this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 photo, men carry the body of a lynched Muslim man through a street in Bangui, Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Herve Serefio)

BANGUI: Central African Republic's transitional parliament elected the mayor of Bangui, Catherine Samba-Panza, as interim president on Monday, with the task of ending months of sectarian killings and guiding the country to elections.

Samba-Panza, elected in a second-round run-off, replaces Michel Djotodia, the leader of the Seleka rebels who seized power in March. Djotodia stepped down on Jan. 10 under intense international pressure after failing to halt the inter-religious violence.

 

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