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Central African Republic forms new transitional government

The Central African Republic has formed a transitional government, garnering praise from the U.S. Department of State "as they undertake this vital work to bring peace and security, justice, stability, and prosperity to their country."

By JC Finley
Central African Republic forms new transitional government
The Central African Republic has formed a new transitional government in an attempt to improve stability after an outbreak of violence that began in 2013 has resulted in the deaths of thousands and the displacement of an estimated one million people. (U.S. Air Force/SSgt. Ryan Crane)

BANGUI, Central African Republic, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Twelve days after his appointment as Central African Republic's acting prime minister, Kamoun Mahamat, announced Friday the establishment of a new transitional government.

Mahamat had been tasked with forming a new government by interim President Catherine Samba-Panza, following the resignation of Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke.

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The new prime minister announced 31 cabinet appointments, including eight women.

Political leaders are attempting to restore stability to the country that has been racked by violence since March 2013 when the Muslim-backed Séléka group took control of the capital, Bangui, and removed Christian President François Bozizé.

The U.S. Department of State welcomed the newest political development and called "on all members of this newly appointed government to move forward quickly with the democratic transition process and to demonstrate by their actions that they govern in the interest of all Central Africans by including their voices in a broad-based, inclusive national dialogue."

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