Rebels in Central African Republic expel government ministers




 
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August 31st, 2014  
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By Crispin Dembassa-Kette BANGUI (Reuters) - A grouping of former Seleka rebels in Central African Republic said on Sunday it had expelled from its ranks several members serving in a new government seeking to stop a cycle of deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians. "As a result, all members of the ex-Seleka coalition having participated in the present government are definitively excluded," he wrote. The former French colony has been gripped by violence since Michel Djotodia led Seleka, a coalition of mostly Muslim rebels and some fighters from neighboring Chad and Sudan, in an assault on the capital Bangui and seized power in March 2013. He named three Seleka members to his 30-member cabinet, but the armed group rejected the government's composition, claiming it had not been consulted.

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