C. African Republic: Military chief removed

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Associated Press

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 10 at 11:03 AM

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The president of Central African Republic has removed his military chief of staff after weekend clashes killed dozens of people and displaced tens of thousands.

A statement signed by President Michel Djotodia and read out on state radio Tuesday said Jean-Pierre Dolle-Waya would be replaced by Ferdinand Bombayake, a former national security director.

Djotodia's Seleka rebels ousted Francois Bozize in March. Djotodia was inaugurated as president last month and has vowed to hold elections within 18 months.

Over the weekend, suspected pro-Bozize fighters clashed with Seleka at several locations in the northwest, including a town close to Bozize's home village. The government said the fighting had claimed 60 lives as of Monday.

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