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CAR President Djotodia resigns at Chad summit

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A statement issued after a two-day summit in Chad over violence in the CAR says president and Seleka leader Michel Djotodia has resigned.

Seleka rebel leader Michel Djotodia. (AFP)

Central African Republic's interim President Michel Djotodia has resigned, according to a statement issued after a two-day summit in neighbouring Chad.

Talks to decide a new leadership will take place in Bangui, Central African Republic's capital, at a later date, the statement said.

Regional leaders had put pressure on Djotodia to step down after he failed to halt months of inter-religious violence that has forced one million people from their homes. 

His failure to quell religious violence in his nation was the cause of much frustration, diplomatic and political sources said on Wednesday, indicating he would be resigning at the summit.

"It's finished for him now," said a source close to Djotodia on Wednesday, who said he was due to step aside at the meeting in the Chadian capital N'Djamena.

A senior diplomatic source in Paris and political sources in Bangui said regional leaders led by Chad's Idriss Deby had run out of patience with Djotodia, who seized power in March at the head of the Seleka rebels. – Reuters

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