Central African Republic Army Chiefs Pledge Allegiance to Rebel Leader Michel Djotodia

by Colonel on March 28, 2013

“Central African Republic’s army chiefs pledged allegiance to the country’s self-proclaimed president Michel Djotodia on Thursday as the ex-rebel leader consolidated control four days after his fighters seized the capital.

Djotodia seized control of the resource-rich nation after thousands of his rebel fighters swept into the riverside capital Bangui on Sunday, ousting President Francois Bozize and triggering days of looting.

At least 13 South African soldiers, among hundreds deployed to reinforce Bozize’s army, were killed in the rebel onslaught in the worst military setback for Pretoria since the end of apartheid in 1994 and one which put a dent in any ambitions it has of becoming a continental superpower.

South African media and a senior Ugandan officer said South African soldiers gathered in Uganda on Thursday for a “new mission” to Central African Republic.

” — Ange Aboa, Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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