CAR gets new interim president amid genocide warning

CAR gets new interim president amid genocide warning
Catherine Samba-Panza

BANGUI, Central African Republic- The Central African Republic's new interim president Catherine Samba-Panza was set to take the oath of office Thursday, a day after a UN envoy warned the conflict-riven country could descend into genocide.

UN officials urged African nations to reinforce the military mission struggling to contain the strife that claimed 10 more lives on Wednesday.

The latest victims were killed in fresh clashes in the capital Bangui, witnesses said on the eve of Samba-Panza's inauguration.

The fresh violence pitting civilians and Christian militiamen against ex-Seleka fighters of the Muslim minority broke out overnight Wednesday near a prison and a military barracks housing the former rebels, they told AFP.

Samba-Panza lives just 100 metres (yards) from the prison.

Witnesses who asked not to be named said they saw the bodies of six former fighters and four Christian civilians near the prison building.

Medics from the 1,600-strong French peacekeeping force tried in vain to save the life of one former Seleka fighter with extensive machete wounds.

UN envoys on genocide prevention, human rights, children and sexual violence in conflict all called on the UN Security Council to order tougher action.

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