C. African Republic prime minister steps down

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File photo of Catherine Samba-Panza, interim president of the Central African Republic, addressing Central African Army Forces soldiers as Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke in Bangui
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Catherine Samba-Panza, interim president of the Central African Republic, addresses Central African Army Forces (FACA) soldiers as Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke (L) looks on, at the National College of Administration and Magistrature in the capital Bangui in this file photo taken February 5, 2014. Central African Republic's prime minister Nzapayeke and his cabinet have resigned, a spokesman for President Catherine Samba-Panza said on state radio on August 5, 2014. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola/Files (CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

The president of Central African Republic has fired her prime minister and 20 other members of the transitional government.

The move to replace Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke on Tuesday came after failed peace talks with rebels.

The transitional government formed back in January is tasked with organizing elections by early next year. After talks with Christian militia fighters and Muslim rebels, the president said she would make her government more inclusive.

There was no immediate announcement on who would replace the prime minister, though there was wide speculation that a Muslim politician could be chosen.

The country has been mired in unprecedented sectarian violence since December 2013 when Christian fighters attacked the capital following a brutal 10-month rule by Muslim rebels.

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