Rebel leader appoints new government in CAR

Associated Press

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A rebel leader who proclaimed himself president of the Central African Republic after his fighters invaded the capital has appointed a new cabinet.

New minister of information Christophe Gazam Betty announced the makeup of the new government on national radio late Sunday. It includes both rebels and civilians.

The Seleka rebel movement began its advance on the capital in December before agreeing to peace talks with the government of President Francois Bozize. The deal signed in January allowed Bozize to finish his term in return for a number of concessions.

The deal was broken this month when rebel leader Michel Djotodia led fighters into Bangui, forcing Bozize to flee.

Djotodia named himself president despite an international outcry.

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