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Rebel leader dissolves constitution of C. African Republic, radio

A rebel leader who seized the capital of the Central African Republic made a public announcement on state radio saying he has dissolved the country's constitution and will rule by decree.

According to excerpts of the broadcast late Monday carried by RFI, Michel Djotodia, one of the leaders of the Seleka rebels, said he plans to stay in power for the next three years, the length of time left in the term of ousted President Francois Bozize. The embattled leader fled the presidential palace over the weekend, seeking refuge in the neighboring nation of Cameroon, as the South African troops guarding him came under an onslaught of fire, losing 13 soldiers.

Seleka is a loose coalition of fighters, many of whom have fought in previous rebellions.