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Power shift seen in African nation

on January 11, 2014 10:10 AM

N’DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — A top regional official has announced that the president and prime minister of the Central African Republic are stepping down from power.

The announcement was made Friday by Ahmat Allami, the secretary-general of the regional bloc of Central African states.

Rebel leader Michel Djotodia seized power in a March 2013 coup when thousands of his fighters stormed the capital. He was later installed as president while longtime opposition leader Nicolas Tiangaye became prime minister.

However, the country has tilted toward anarchy in the months that have followed and the violence has turned Muslim and Christian communities against each other.

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