French President Francois Hollande has called on the United Nations Security Council and the African Union to " take charge of the situation " in the violence - hit Central African Republic(CAR).
"It is more than time to take action on the Central African Republic… I call on the African Union and the Security Council to take charge of this situation," Hollande said at a meeting with a number of French ambassadors in Paris on Tuesday. Meanwhile, gunfire and looting broke out in the capital Bangui overnight forcing many people to escape their homes. The shooting, which made many residents seek refuge in hospitals and parishes of the city, began in the Boy-Rabe district. Several houses were also looted and set on fire but no details of possible casualties were available. On August 18, Michel Djotodia, the former leader of the Seleka rebel coalition, was sworn in as the new president of the country. Leading thousands of Seleka rebels, Djotodia captured Bangui and proclaimed himself president after seizing power on March 24. The Seleka fighters launched an offensive against the CAR government in December 2012. A recent UN report blamed the Seleka fighters for much of the chaos in the country, saying “uncontrolled Seleka elements and unidentified armed groups” in the country committed "arbitrary arrests and detention, sexual violence against women and children, torture, rape, targeted killings, recruitment of child soldiers and attacks." There are many mineral resources, including gold and diamonds, in the Central African Republic. However, the country is extremely poor and has faced a series of rebellions and coups since it gained independence in 1960.