Seleka rebels demand payment

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Central African Republic Seleka rebels are demanding payment before disarming.

Bangui - Central African Republic Seleka rebels are demanding payment before disarming.

The rebels overthrew CAR president Francois Bozize in a clash with South African troops in March.

Seleka Lieutenant Ali Alkanto said his fighters should receive salaries before they lay down their arms.

He warned of violent clashes if the new government doesn&39;t pay the rebels.

The demand raises concerns about growing dissent within the rebel movement.

Seleka now controls the national government, headed by Michel Djotodia, although observers say those in the capital wield little control over the rebels who are in the country&39;s north.

While the rebels await payment, senior Seleka leaders have set up residence at the countrly&39;s only luxury hotel.

Seleka is made up of a coalition of several different rebel groups.