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Djotodia: Central Africa's rebel boss-turned-president

Rebel leader Michel Djotodia, who has become the newest president of the Central African Republic after seizing power in a bloody coup, is a single-minded former civil servant who spent many years in the former Soviet Union. The interim appointment by the country's transitional council on Saturday is likely to give some much-needed legitimacy to Djotodia, who had already declared himself president after his Seleka rebels seized power in Bangui on March 24.

Central Africa's enigmatic rebel leader Djotodia

Central African Republic rebel leader Michel Djotodia, whose fighters seized power in Bangui at the weekend, is a single-minded former civil servant who spent many years in the former Soviet Union. The enigmatic Djotodia, head of the Seleka rebel coalition, has vowed to declare himself president and form a new government with the promise of elections in three years. He is aged around 60 but his precise date of birth is unknown and details of his life are sketchy.
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