Regional leaders had put pressure on Djotodia to step down
after he failed to halt months of inter-religious violence that
has forced 1 million people from their homes.
Talks to decide a new leadership will take place in Bangui,
Central African Republic's capital, at a later date, said the
statement issued by Central African regional body CEEAC.
As news from the summit reached the capital, residents who had
been calling for Djotodia to step down began celebrating. There
was some sporadic gunfire.
Djotodia was swept to power last year when a loose rebel
alliance known as Seleka seized the capital. However, months of
abuses by his mainly Muslim rebels led to the creation of
Christian defense militia and cycles of killings that left
France rushed hundreds of troops to support African peacekeepers
struggling to keep the peace in the former French colony late
last year but violence has simmered.
(Reporting by Madjiasra Nako; writing by David Lewis;
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