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CAR names rebels’ candidate as PM

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Central African Republic President Francois Bozize named a new prime minister from the ranks of the opposition on Thursday in line with a peace accord signed with rebels last week, Reuters reports.

Nicolas Tiangaye, a lawyer and leader of the Republican Convention for Social Progress, had been nominated by the Seleka rebel movement following peace talks in Gabon’s capital Libreville.

“The president of the republic, head of state decrees…(that) Nicolas Tiangaye is named prime minister, head of government,” stated the presidential order confirming the appointment read on state radio.

The Seleka rebel alliance swept to within striking distance of the capital Bangui last month, threatening to end Bozize’s decade-long rule over the mineral-rich former French colony and forcing him to negotiate.

Under the deal, Bozize agreed to appoint a new prime minister chosen by the rebels and political opposition.

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