The president of the Central African Republic has demanded the departure of the country’s prime minister and 20 members of his staff. President Catherine Samba-Panza said Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke and his entire cabinet have resigned, Reuters reported Tuesday.
“The head of state asked for and obtained the resignation of the Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke and his government,” a spokesman for the President said.
The Central African Republic (CAR) has named its first Muslim prime minister in a bid to end more than a year of conflict in the country.
Mahamat Kamoun, a former advisor to interim President Catherine Samba-Panza, was appointed by a presidential decree on Sunday, according to an announcement on the state radio.
Kamoun will lead a transitional government that will be tasked with implementing a truce agreed last month between the representatives of the mostly Muslim Seleka group and armed Christians.
Rival vigilante militias in the Central African Republic clashed with heavy weapons overnight in the capital Bangui, residents said on Saturday.
The gunfire had subsided by midday, but the situation remained tense in a northern suburb of Bangui, where the fighting took place.
“It is the anti-balaka, they do not leave us alone,” one resident fleeing the clashes in the Boy-Rabe neighbourhood told AFP, referring to the mainly Christian vigilante groups.