CentrAfrican leader sacks nephew as finance minister
BANGUI —(AFP) – Central African Republic President Francois Bozize has sacked his nephew and right-hand man Sylvain Ndoutingai as finance minister, according to a decree read out over state radio on Saturday.
"The present decree abrogates" Ndoutingai's appointment following elections last year, it said, giving no reason for the firing of a minister considered so powerful that he went by the nickname of "Demigod."
Ndoutingaiheld the key mining portfolio for years before his appointment as finance ministry last year in a reshuffle following the elections.
Observers said at the time that Bozize appointed Ndoutingai to the post to put the government's finances in order after years of struggling to pay its debts.
Ndoutingai was Bozize's campaign director for the 2011 elections in the impoverished landlocked country.
The sacking came the day of a new hike in fuel prices, the second this year, which prompted a strike by taxi and taxi-bus drivers.
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CAR president sacks finance minister after coup plot
Reuters | 2012-06-03 16:26:00
BANGUI- Central African Republic President Francois Bozize sacked former ally Finance Minister Sylvain Ndoutingai, state radio reported on Saturday, two months after he was accused by the government of plotting a coup d'etat.
Ndoutingaihad been a key adviser of Bozize's since the rebellion that brought him to power in 2003, but has been under government surveillance since the end of April when he was accused of plotting to overthrow Bozize.
He was never arrested on the charge.
A Presidential decree read over state radio said Ndoutingai, who had also held several other key ministerial positions since Bozize's rule started, was replaced by former Finance Minister Albert Besse. No reason for the change was given.
Land-locked Central African Republic is among the world's poorest and least developed countries, with much of its territory plagued by rebel groups and bandits.
Bozize won a new term last year in elections that were dismissed as fraudulent by the country's opposition.