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Posted: Jan 2, 2013 10:51 AM

Updated: Jan 2, 2013 10:52 AM

DAMARA, Central African Republic (AP) The embattled president of Central African Republic has dismissed his son as the country's defense minister.

The move late Wednesday comes as President Francois Bozize faces a coalition of rebel groups who are seeking his ouster.

National radio announced that his son Francis Bozize will no longer be the defense minister.

Chief of Staff Gen. Guillaume Lapo is also leaving the government, according to the announcement.

Francois Bozize has been in power since 2003 and in the past month he has faced a growing threat as rebels have seized 10 towns across the north.

Bozize has announced he's willing to negotiate with the rebels but he said he will not leave office before his current term ends in 2016.

Topics: AF-Central-African-Republic

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