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Central Africa: from coup to new leader's resignation

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Below is a snapshot of events in the Central African Republic from the coup which ousted president Francois Bozize in March 2013 to the resignation of interim leader Michel Djotodia on Friday:

--2013--

March 24

- Rebels from the Muslim-dominated group Seleka seize the presidential palace in Bangui. Bozize, who has been in power for ten years, flees.

March 25

- Seleka leader Djotodia suspends the constitution and says he will rule by decree until elections are held.

- The African Union suspends the Central African Republic and slaps sanctions on Djotodia and six other officials.

May 31

- The country issues an international arrest warrant for Bozize.

August 10

- Bozize surfaces in France and says he will try to regain power "if the opportunity presents itself."

August 15

- The UN Security Council warns that turmoil in the Central African Republic poses a "serious threat" to the country and the region, and urges new measures to restore stability.

August 18

- Djotodia is sworn in as president, vowing to "preserve the peace, to consolidate national unity (and) to ensure the well-being of the Central African people".

September 8-9

- Around 100 are killed in two days in fighting between ex-Seleka rebels and Christians loyal to Bozize around Bossangoa, 250 kilometres (155 miles) northwest of the capital.

September 13

- Djotodia says he is dissolving Seleka.

November 19

- The US envoy to the United Nations visits the Central African Republic and warns its people are "in profound danger".

December 5

- France orders another 600 troops into the Central African Republic, doubling the force it already has in and around Bangui, shortly after the UN Security Council issues a green light for the military intervention.

A curfew is extended.

December 7

- French troops increase to 1,600, with a mission to disarm the militias and other groups blamed for a spiral of violence.

--2014--

January 10

- Djotodia resigns under intense pressure over his failure to stem the sectarian unrest that has seen more than 1,000 people killed in the previous month alone.

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