A member of the French troops of the Sangaris Operation assists a young man with a heavy throat wound in Bangui on January 27, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO)
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Dozens of Muslim rebels who ousted the president of Central African Republic last year moved out of the main military base in downtown Bangui on Monday, hours after some of their top brass were escorted out of the capital by peacekeepers.Many Seleka fighters are believed to have originally come from Chad as mercenaries to back rebel leader-turned-president Michel Djotodia and his government.Djotodia's coalition was always a loose alliance of rebels -- some of whom had fought each other before joining forces.Djotodia's alliance of rebel fighters known as Seleka had overthrown the president of a decade in March 2013 before installing themselves as the country's government. With Djotodia's departure, though, the influence of his fighters is weakening by the day.Chadian peacekeepers have been accused of supporting Seleka throughout the conflict.
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