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Former C.Africa leader returns after six-year exile

Michel Djotodia, 71, who resigned 10 months after seizing the presidency at the head of a Muslim rebellion in March 2013, landed on board a Royal Air Maroc flight from Casablanca via Douala in Cameroon. He had been living in exile in Benin.

Former Central African Republic President Michel Djotodia (C) is received in Bangui on 10 January 2020 by his political supporters. The former Central African Republic rebel leader and president Michel Djotodia returned to Bangui exactly six years after he quit as head of state. Picture: AFP

BANGUI - Former Central African Republic rebel leader and president Michel Djotodia returned to Bangui on Friday, exactly six years after he quit as head of state.

Djotodia, 71, who resigned 10 months after seizing the presidency at the head of a Muslim rebellion in March 2013, landed on board a Royal Air Maroc flight from Casablanca via Douala in Cameroon. He had been living in exile in Benin.

He was welcomed at a hotel in the capital by about 30 of his supporters, an AFP journalist said.

Djotodia's rebel movement, known as Seleka, plunged the CAR into violence and led to the overthrow of the majority-Christian country's president Francois Bozize - who also returned to the country last month.

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