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African Union readmits Central Africa after 3-year suspension

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 5, 2013 shows Central African Republic's Prime Minister Faustin Archange Touadera taking part in a march for peace in Bangui. The Central African Republic's new president is set to take office on March 30, 2016 faced with the challenge of reconciling a divided population and rebuilding a shattered country. Former maths teacher Faustin-Archange Touadera, 58, was the surprise winner of February elections in the country that had been wracked by three years of communal violence. / AFP / SIA KAMBOU

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 5, 2013 shows Central African Republic’s Prime Minister Faustin Archange Touadera taking part in a march for peace in Bangui.<br />The Central African Republic’s new president is set to take office on March 30, 2016 faced with the challenge of reconciling a divided population and rebuilding a shattered country. Former maths teacher Faustin-Archange Touadera, 58, was the surprise winner of February elections in the country that had been wracked by three years of communal violence. / AFP / SIA KAMBOU

The African Union has readmitted the Central African Republic, ending a three-year suspension following a coup that sparked the country’s worst sectarian bloodletting.

The AU’s Peace and Security Council late Wednesday hailed “positive developments” in Central Africa, including landmark presidential elections in February to turn the page on three years of violence that killed thousands.

It also lauded the country for “successfully holding” the elections, which passed off without violence despite widespread fears of unrest.

“In view of the successful completion of the transition process and the restoration of normal constitutional order”, the AU decided “to lift the suspension”, a statement said.

The violence disrupted farming, transport and public services in one of the world’s poorest nations and was so serious that France — the former colonial power — launched a military intervention and the UN deployed a peacekeeping force.



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