CAR President names first Muslim prime minister

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CAPE TOWN – Catherine Samba-Panza, Central African Republic (CAR) President on Monday in Cape Town appointed the nation’s first Muslim prime minister as part of efforts to end 18 of sectarian violence.

Mahamat Kamoun, a senior of the Muslim Seleka rebel group, took office, five days after former Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke, a Christian, and his government resigned. [eap_ad_1] Samba-Panza, also a Christian, requested Nyzapayeke to step down last week to create a more inclusive government, after Seleka and Christian anti-Balaka militia signed a agreement in neighboring Congo Brazzaville on July 23.

CAR has been in since Seleka overthrew President Francois Bozize, a Christian, in March 2013.

Thousands of people have been killed and about a million displaced due to the ethno-religious conflict.

About 2,000 French, 6,500 African and 800 forces are battling to contain the violence in the former French colony. (dpa/NAN)