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Central African Republic Unveils Unity Government

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Leaders in the Central African Republic have unveiled a new national unity government as part of a power-sharing agreement with a rebel coalition.

State radio says opposition Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye will take control of the finance ministry in the new government. While the head of the rebel coalition, Michel Djotodia, becomes deputy prime minister in charge of defense.

The formation of the government follows several days of tense negotiations that followed the January 11 peace deal ending a rebel offensive that began December 10th. The Seleka rebels had seized about one-third of the Central African Republic's territory.