Central African Republic plunged into bloody sectarian violence in 2013 with the overthrow of president Francois Bozize by mainly Muslim rebels, prompting a counter-offensive by Christian militias.
Here is a snapshot of the main events.
– Coup –
On March 24, 2013 rebels from a Muslim-dominated coalition called Seleka — which means “alliance” in the Sango language — seize the capital Bangui after running battles with government forces.
Bozize, a Christian who has been in power for 10 years, flees.
Seleka leader Michel Djotodia proclaims himself president of the predominantly Christian country.
European Union condemns the coup as “unacceptable” and the African Union suspends the country’s membership.