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

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

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