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A group of soldiers in Central African Republic’s capital lynched a man they suspected of having been a rebel, minutes after hearing the new president promise to restore security at a ceremony to reinstate the divided country’s armed forces. A Reuters witness saw about 20 uniformed soldiers accuse a member of the crowd of having belonged to Seleka, the mostly Muslim rebel group that seized power in a coup last March, before stabbing him repeatedly until he was dead. A soldier stamped on the lifeless body, which was then dragged nearly naked through the streets as residents looked on and took photographs. Ten minutes earlier, about 20 meters away, the new interim president, Catherine Samba-Panza, had addressed the crowd of at least 1,000 soldiers at a ceremony meant to re-present the army to the nation after it effectively disappeared from view during nine months of Seleka rule.

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