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Benin on Saturday said it hoped the arrival of the Central African Republic's embattled former president would help restore calm to the troubled nation, after he quit under pressure from regional leaders. Michel Djotodia, who resigned with his prime minister Nicolas Tiangaye, touched down in Cotonou at 5:05 pm local time 1605 GMT on a flight from the Chadian capital, N'Djamena. He was met off the plane by Benin's Foreign Minister, Nassirou Bako Arifari, who earlier confirmed that Djotodia was heading to the tiny west African republic at the request of central African states. The former rebel leader, whose wife has Benin nationality, has a number of links to the tiny west African nation.
January 11, 2014 - 19:22 GMT
COTONOU, Benin - Officials say the man who ruled Central African Republic as the country disintegrated into near-anarchy is now seeking exile in Benin.
January 11, 2014 - 18:45 GMT