Ex-president of Central African Republic 'goes into exile'

The former president of the Central African Republic, Michel Djotodia, has reportedly headed to Benin to go into exile, a day after he resigned from power. Thousands of foreign nationals are being airlifted from the country by a UN migration agency.

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Central African Republic former president 'into exile'

Central African Republic's former president Michel Djotodia travelled to Benin where he will go into exile, government sources in Chad and Benin told Reuters.

Central African Republic's former president Michel Djotodia.
Central African Republic's former president Michel Djotodia. Credit: REUTERS/Herve Serefio

Djotodia, who was swept to power last March by northern rebels, resigned along with his prime minister on Friday under intense international pressure after they failed to halt months of inter-religious violence.

Background: Celebrations and uncertainty as CAR's president resigns

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UN agency to airlift thousands of foreigners from CAR

A UN migration agency is due to start airlifting thousands of foreign nationals from the Central African Republic, following appeals from neighbouring African countries.

Nigerians airlifted from the Central African Republic Credit: Reuters

The International Organization for Migration has said the first three IOM charter flights this weekend will repatriate some 800 Chadians from the war torn CAR capital of Bangui to the Chadian capital N’Djamena.

In a statement, the IOM added: "IOM has received requests for assistance from Chad, Niger, Mali, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to evacuate thousands of their most vulnerable, stranded nationals.

"The organisation is also working with Senegal, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Cameroon to provide post arrival re-integration assistance to migrants evacuated by their governments."

Doubts over new CAR leader despite dancing in streets

Doubts have been raised over who can lead the warring Central African Republic despite widespread celebrations across the country at interim president Michel Djotodia's resignation.

News of the unpopular Michel Djotodia's departure saw people dancing in the streets. Credit: Reuters/Emmanuel Braun

A French diplomatic source said there were "no outstanding candidates" and added: "It is important this transition happens as quickly as possible."

France had repeatedly voiced frustrations with Djotodia's government at the ongoing inter-religious violence after sending hundreds of troops to its former colony last month to support an effort to restore peace.

France has said it won't "interfere" with appointing a new leader but suggested neighbouring African nations would have their "favourites". Credit: Reuters/Emmanuel Braun

Joy in Central African Republic after Djotodia resigns

Children joined in celebrations in Lakouenga district after Michel Djotodia's 10 months in power came to an end. Credit: Reuters/Emmanuel Braun

Thousands of people have joined celebrations in the Central African Republic following the resignations of interim president Michel Djotodia and his prime minister Nicolas Tiangaye.

Mr Djotodia caved in to international pressure to stand down after failing to stop inter-religious violence which has left thousands dead and more than one million people displaced since he claimed power last March.

The departures were announced in a statement issued after a two-day summit in neighbouring Chad. It confirmed talks to decide on new leadership will take place in the Central African Republic.

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