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Embattled CAR president sacks defence minister, army chief

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 2 Jan 2013 18:24 GMT
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BANGUI, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Central African Republic President Francois Bozize has sacked and taken from his son Jean Francis Bozize as defence minister and also sacked the army chief of staff, a decree read over state radio said on Wednesday.

Bozize earlier had criticised the army for failing to halt a rebel advance that had pushed back government soldiers to within 75 km (45 miles) of the capital Bangui.

A spokesman for the Seleka rebels said on Wednesday they had halted their advance to allow for peace talks. (Writing by Richard Valdmanis)

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