Central African Republic Premier Begins Talks on New Cabinet

Central African Republic Prime Minister Simplice Sarandji began consultations with the nation’s opposition on forming a cabinet, following the inauguration of a new president for the war-torn country on March 30.

The new cabinet should include opposition members, Sarandji said Monday by phone. He was appointed premier on April 2 by President Faustin-Archange Touadera, himself a former prime minister.

Central African Republic has been rocked by instability since March 2013 when mostly Muslim rebels overthrew President Francois Bozize. His removal led to the killing of many civilians and reprisals by a mainly Christian militia. French troops sent to stabilize the country after Bozize was pushed out plan to leave this year.

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