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Central Africa coup leader sworn in as president

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Michel Djotodia speaks on Republic Plaza in Bangui on March 30. The former rebel leader was sworn in as president of the Central African Republic on Sunday, five months after seizing power in the violence-wracked country. (AFP/File)

Former rebel leader Michel Djotodia was sworn in as president of the Central African Republic on Sunday, five months after seizing power in the violence-wracked country.

The former French colony's sixth president is tasked with restoring security in the impoverished, landlocked state and steering the nation through a transition period leading to fresh polls within 18 months.