Central African Republic leader to review mineral deals
Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 01:03
Mar. 30 - Central African Republic's new President Michel Djotodia, who seized power last week after rebel forces captured Bangui, is set to review mineral deals made by the previous government. Adam Brauner reports.
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Seleka rebels arrive in Bangui, the Central African Republic's capital.
With them is the country's newest leader, President Michel Djotodia, who prayed for peace during Friday prayers.
His rebel forces seized the capital last weekend in a violent takeover, but despite this, Djotodia struck a conciliatory tone.
(SOUNDBITE)(French) CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC PRESIDENT, MICHEL DJOTODIA, SAYING (AS HE WALKS):
"The Peace of God for all, Muslims as well as Christians, we are all children of this country."
Djotodia plans to seek international help from the United States and France to retrain the country's undisciplined army, which was easily overrun by Seleka rebel fighters.
He also said his government would review mining and oil contracts signed by the previous administration.
Such statements appear to mark a change from the previous administration's close ties to South Africa.
The nation has deposits of gold, diamonds, oil and uranium, but these resources remain largely untapped, with the coup-prone nation one of the world's poorest.
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