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Self-proclaimed CAR president takes defence portfolio

Michel Djotodia says the government will run the country for three years.

Central African Republic's self-appointed president, Michel Djotodia. Picture: AFP.

Self-proclaimed Central African Republic president Michel Djotodia has taken the defence portfolio in the new government announced by his Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye.

Nine of his 34 ministers are from the rebel Seleka alliance that took power just over a week ago, killing 13 South African soldiers in the process.

Michel Djotodia says the government will run the country until proposed elections in three years' time that he'll not contest.

Regional leaders will discuss developments in the CAR on Wednesday in a summit attended by President Jacob Zuma.

Despite Zuma's assurance ahead of the BRICS summit that its troops were staying the CAR, South African forces have been evacuated from the country after rebels, including many child soldiers, killed the 13 South African soldiers.

South Africa helicopters and equipment have been moved to Gemema in the DRC, a few hours drive from Bangui.