Rebels secure presidential palace in Central African Republic
Monday, March 25, 2013 - 00:52
March 25 - Around 200 Seleka fighters secure the presidential palace in Bangui as a Central African Republic rebel chief prepares to name a power-sharing government. Sarah Sheffer reports.
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Rebel fighters from the Seleka coalition move in to secure the presidential palace in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui on Monday.
Around 200 Seleka fighters arrived at the palace compound in a convoy.
The rebels have pledged to name a power-sharing government after seizing the capital on Sunday.
French troops were deployed there on Monday to secure the airport.
The latest in a series of coups and rebellions since the mineral-rich nation won independence from France in 1960 - was swiftly condemned by the United Nations and the African Union.
But in a sign of pragmatism, the United States, France and regional powerbroker Chad called on Seleka's leadership to respect the terms of a recent peace deal.
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