The former Central African President Michel Djotodia, who had taken power by arms in 2013 at the head of the Muslim-majority Séléka rebellion before resigning and exiling 10 months later, arrived in Bangui on Friday, found an AFP journalist.
Mr. Djotodia, sole and ephemeral head of the Muslim State of this poor country in Central Africa still plagued by civil war since 2013, landed in Bangui in the morning aboard a Royal Air Maroc flight from from Casablanca via Douala in Cameroon. An AFP journalist saw him when he arrived at a hotel in Bangui, cheered by thirty of his supporters.
At 71, Michel Am-Nondroko Djotodia returns to the country after six years of exile in Benin, where he lived until then, and 24 days after the return to Bangui of François Bozizé, the president whom he had overthrown before s self-proclaimed head of state on March 24, 2013.
Mr. Djotodia was then at the head of the rebellion dominated by the Muslim Seleka community, a movement which he had founded and dissolved the month after he took power, but which continued to fight against self-defense groups called anti-balakas, predominantly Christian.