• CENTRAL AFRICA BEGINS SEARCH FOR NEW LEADER AFTER BLOODBATH

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    BANGUI, Central African Republic: The Central African Republic began the search for a peacemaker president on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) after months of sectarian violence that displaced a fifth of the population. A special session of parliament convened to elect a new interim leader for the poor landlocked country of 4.6 million people, where a terrifying spiral of atrocities pitted Muslims against the Christian majority. Rebel-leader-turned-President Michel Djotodia resigned last week under international pressure over his failure to stem the violence that claimed 1,000 lives in the last month alone. Opening the parliamentary session, Lea Koyassoum Doumta, the transitional ruling body’s (CNT) vice president said: “We should elect a personality who will respond to the legitimate aspirations of our people who have suffered too much.” She urged CNT members “to avoid making partisan or community-led choices”, but to listen to the people.

    AFP

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