BANGUI - Central African Republic’s new leader Michel Djotodia, facing international isolation after seizing power, said on Saturday he would not take reprisals against rivals and called on those who fled abroad to return. The United States said on Saturday it did not recognize Djotodia, who toppled President Francois Bozize on March 24 after leading thousands of his Seleka rebels into the mineral-rich nation’s capital Bangui, triggering days of looting. “I make a patriotic and brotherly appeal for our countrymen, who have chosen the path of exile, to return,” the former civil servant turned self-declared president told several thousand cheering supporters near the presidential palace.

 “There will be no witch hunt, because we must establish tolerance, dialogue and forgiveness,” he said.