Residents of Central African Republic await transitional government to restore peace
Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 01:23
Jan. 11 - Residents of the capital of Central African Republic hope a new transitional government will bring peace after months of inter-religious violence. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic.
People here are waiting for a new transitional government to restore peace.
Their interim president, Michel Djotodia, resigned on Friday, along with his prime minister.
They were under intense pressure to quit -- for failing to stop inter-religious violence between Muslim and Christian militias.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) ENGINEER, HERVE SANDE, SAYING:
"We are satisfied. We got what we wanted, and we are really happy about his departure. As for what's coming next, we wait for a new president, a new government to be put in place, for peace to return."
On Saturday, that new government started to take shape.
It'll be run by this man - Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet
He's the head of the country's transitional assembly.
He'll be in charge until a new leader can guide the nation to elections.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) SELEKA CAPTAIN, ABERAHMANE YOUSSOUF, SAYING:
"Now we wait for the new order, the return of a president. We don't have any problem. The problems are for the politicians."
The violence here over the past several months cost a thousand people their lives.
It forced a million to flee their homes -- that's a quarter of the country.
There was gunfire and looting in the capital overnight, but hope, too, that a new leadership might finally bring peace.
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