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Muslim named as new Central African Republic Prime Minister
Sunday August 10, 2014 10:21 PM, Agencies

The president of the Central African Republic (CAR) has named a Muslim as the country's new prime minister, an official said Sunday, as part of an effort to create a more inclusive government after more than a year of sectarian violence.

Andre Nzapayeke
[Andre Nzapayeke, now Central African Republic former Prime Minister (L), arrives for a meeting with local leaders in the Muslim enclave of PK5 in Bangui, in this June 07 file photo.]

The appointment was announced on state-owned radio by a spokesman for the presidency.

Mahamat Kamoun, previously a special adviser to President Catherine Samba-Panza, a Christian, will lead a transitional government after being nominated by presidential decree.

Kamoun, an economist and former Finance Ministry official, also served as head of Seleka rebel leader Michel Djotodia's cabinet during his 10-month presidency after Muslim Seleka fighters seized power in March 2013.

Kamoun will replace Andre Nzapayeke, who resigned last week to allow a consensus government to be appointed in an effort to end violence between Seleka and the 'anti-balaka' Christian militia.

Thousands of Muslims have displaced since the violence broke out between Muslims and Christians in CAR.

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