Militias Give Central African Republic Two Days to Free Members

Mainly Muslim militias in the Central African Republic gave the government two days to release members imprisoned in the capital, Bangui, or face “robust action” in areas under their control.

The militias, known as Seleka, took the decision after holding a crisis meeting and it’s non-negotiable, Abdoulaye Hissen, a leader of the group, said by phone from Kaga-Bandoro, a town about 245 kilometers (152 miles) north of Bangui.

The diamond-rich nation held presidential elections earlier this year in a bid to end more than three years of violence that erupted after the 2013 ouster of President Francois Bozize by Seleka fighters. Leaders of the group last month rejected President Faustin-Archange Touadera’s invitation to join disarmament talks, saying they aren’t represented in government positions.

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