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The president of the Central African Republic has demanded the departure of the country's prime minister and 20 members of his staff.

President Catherine Samba-Panza said Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke and his entire cabinet have resigned, Reuters reported Tuesday.

"The head of state asked for and obtained the resignation of the Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke and his government," a spokesman for the President said. 

The landlocked African nation descended into widespread ethnic violence when rebels overthrew the government of President Francois Bozize in a coup in 2013. Since then, interim President Catherine Samba-Panz has vowed to take steps to make her transitional government more inclusive ahead of the upcoming elections.

Although a replacement hasn't been announced The Associated Press is reporting speculation that the Christian Prime Minister's successor would be a Muslim. 

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