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Seleka opposes CAR’s first Muslim prime minister


BANGUI – Muslim Seleka rebels on Monday in Cape Town opposed the appointment of Central African Republic’s (CAR) first Muslim prime minister as part of the efforts to end more than 18 months of sectarian violence.

Ahamat-Nedjiad Ibrahim, spokesman for Muslim Seleka rebels, insisted that “Kamoun does not belong to the core group of Seleka.’’

He said Kamoun’s nomination was being contested by Nourredine Adame, who has been leading Seleka attacks in the country’s north in recent weeks, and several other senior Seleka leaders.

Meanwhile, the Christian militia group anti-Balaka welcomed the appointment. [eap_ad_1] Emotion Namiso, Anti-Balaka spokesman, said such a choice would prevent CAR from falling into new chaos.

Also, the civil society organisations were sceptical about Kamoun’s appointment.

Gervais Lakosso, President of Umbrella Group, Civil Society in CAR, said they would rather have someone else than Mr Kamoun.

He said this had become imperative because Lakosso was part of Michel Djotodia’s cabinet, and Djotodia’s failure was also his failure.

CAR President Catherine Samba-Panza, also a Christian, appointed Kamoun after requesting Nyzapayeke to step down last week.

The new appointment is part of an effort to create a more inclusive government, after Seleka and Christian anti-Balaka militia signed a peace agreement in neighboring Congo Brazzaville on July 23. (dpa/NAN)


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