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Strongman will rule by decree

MEAN STREETS:Rebels in the Central African Republic were initially welcomed with palm leaves, but the mood darkened in the capital, Bangui, after an outbreak of looting

AFP, BANGUI

Bangui is heavily reliant on foreign aid and in an apparent attempt to reassure donors, Djotodia had earlier vowed there would be no witch-hunt and that he would respect the terms of a January peace agreement.

That deal came after a month-long Seleka offensive that was only stopped thanks to Chadian military intervention.

As well as suspending Bangui, the African Union announced “sanctions, travel restrictions and an asset freeze on Seleka’s leaders” naming seven individuals including Djotodia.

Bozize never delivered on his promises to harness the oil, gold and uranium wealth that has remained largely untapped since independence from France in 1960.

The Central African Republic, despite its mineral riches, remains woefully underdeveloped thanks in large part to chronic political instability.

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