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This paper solves an n -agent formation shape control problem in the plane. The objective is to design decentralized control laws so that the agents cooperatively restore a prescribed formation shape in the presence of small perturbations from the prescribed shape. We consider two classes of directed, cyclic information architectures associated with so-called minimally persistent formations: leader-remote-follower and coleader. In our framework the formation shape is maintained by controlling certain interagent distances. Only one agent is responsible for maintaining each distance. We propose a decentralized control law where each agent executes its control using only the relative position measurements of agents to which it must maintain its distance. The resulting nonlinear closed-loop system has a manifold of equilibria, which implies that the linearized system is nonhyperbolic. We apply center manifold theory to show local exponential stability of the desired formation shape. The result circumvents the non-compactness of the equilibrium manifold. Choosing stabilizing gains is possible if a certain submatrix of the rigidity matrix has all leading principal minors nonzero, and we show that this condition holds for all minimally persistent leader-remote-follower and coleader formations with generic agent positions. Simulations are provided.