Jan. 11 - Residents of the capital of Central African Republic hope a new transitional government will bring peace after months of inter-religious violence. Mana Rabiee reports.
Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic. People here are waiting for a new transitional government to restore peace. Their interim president, Michel Djotodia, resigned on Friday, along with his prime minister. They were under intense pressure to quit -- for failing to stop inter-religious violence between Muslim and Christian militias. (SOUNDBITE) (French) ENGINEER, HERVE SANDE, SAYING: "We are satisfied. We got what we wanted, and we are really happy about his departure. As for what's coming next, we wait for a new president, a new government to be put in place, for peace to return." On Saturday, that new government started to take shape. It'll be run by this man - Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet He's the head of the country's transitional assembly. He'll be in charge until a new leader can guide the nation to elections. (SOUNDBITE) (French) SELEKA CAPTAIN, ABERAHMANE YOUSSOUF, SAYING: "Now we wait for the new order, the return of a president. We don't have any problem. The problems are for the politicians." The violence here over the past several months cost a thousand people their lives. It forced a million to flee their homes -- that's a quarter of the country. There was gunfire and looting in the capital overnight, but hope, too, that a new leadership might finally bring peace.