Former president and ex-rebel chief Djotodia returns to Central African Republic

Bangui, CAR: A 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, an AFP journalist said.

Djotodia, 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.

The former Reble leader was the first Muslim to hold that office in the predominantly Christian country. A leader of the almost entirely Muslim Séléka rebel coalition in the December 2012 rebellion against President François Bozizé.

He was one of the founders and leading members of the Union of Democratic Forces for Unity rebel group in 2006.

 He lived in exile in Cotonou, Benin reupblic during the war. In November 2006 he was arrested together with his spokesman Abakar Sabon without trial by Beninese forces at the behest of the government of Central African President François Bozizé. 

 They were released in February 2008 after agreeing to participate in peace talks with the CAR government.

Following a peace agreement, Djotodia was appointed to the government as First Deputy Prime Minister for National Defense in February 2013. When the peace agreement unravelled, Séléka captured Banguiand Djotodia took power on 24 March 2013. 

He promised to lead a transition to new elections in which he would not be a candidate, but his time in office was marked by escalating sectarian violence, and he was ultimately pressured into resigning by regional leaders on 10 January 2014.

Details of his reasons for returning to the Troubling CAR will be updated here

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