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CAR rebel leader declares autonomous republic

By on December 15, 2015

A rebel leader in Central African Republic (CAR) has declared an autonomous state in his northeastern stronghold after rejecting elections this month that are aimed at ending years of bloodshed, his spokesman said on Tuesday.

“The Republic of Logone was proclaimed Dec. 14 in the town of Kaga-Bandoro,” Maouloud Moussa, a spokesman and chief lieutenant for rebel leader Noureddine Adam

The spokesman for Central African Republic’s transitional government immediately denounced the rebels’ declaration.

Adam, one of the main leaders of the Seleka rebel coalition, had called for the referendum and polls scheduled for Dec. 27 to be cancelled, but voting went ahead yesterday under U.N. protection.

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