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U.S. condemns rebels' seizure of power in Central Africa


09:56, March 31, 2013

WASHINGTON, March 30 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Saturday strongly condemned the coup in the Central African Republic (CAR), while expressing deep concern about the deterioration of humanitarian situation in the country.

"We strongly condemn the illegitimate seizure of power by force by the Seleka rebel alliance, Michel Djotodia's self-appointment as president, and his suspension of the constitution and National Assembly," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

Nuland said that any decisions on the future of the country "must be taken in an inclusive and transparent manner, consistent with the Libreville Agreement which was approved by all sides, overseen by the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and recognized by the African Union."

The U.S. government urges CAR's leadership to "quickly establish an open and legitimate process" leading to presidential elections and the reestablishment of a constitutional government, she said.

The United States is deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation both in Central Africa's capital city of Bangui and its interior, including widespread looting of humanitarian organizations and hospitals.

The Seleka rebels seized control of Bangui after President Francois Bozize fled to Cameroon on Sunday, but Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye was allowed to retain his post as he was endorsed by the opposition.


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