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Prime minister of C. African Republic asked to step down after peace talks with rebels fail

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BANGUI, Central African Republic — The president of Central African Republic has fired her prime minister and 20 other members of the transitional government.

The move to replace Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke on Tuesday came after failed peace talks with rebels.

The transitional government formed back in January is tasked with organizing elections by early next year. After talks with Christian militia fighters and Muslim rebels, the president said she would make her government more inclusive.

There was no immediate announcement on who would replace the prime minister, though there was wide speculation that a Muslim politician could be chosen.

The country has been mired in unprecedented sectarian violence since December 2013 when Christian fighters attacked the capital following a brutal 10-month rule by Muslim rebels.

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