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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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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."

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