Turkey welcomes ex-Senegal minister as envoy to CAR

ANKARA - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has appointed Senegal’s former foreign minister, Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, as a special envoy to the Central African Republic. 

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry welcomed Gadio’s appointment and said he would assess the status of the Muslim population exposed to various attacks in the conflict-torn country. 

The Central African Republic descended into anarchy a year ago when seleka rebels deposed Francois Bozize, a Christian who had come to power in a 2003 coup. The rebels later installed Michel Djotodia, a Muslim, as interim president, resulting in bloody clashes, as Christian anti-balaka members have revolted.

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