Voting starts in Central African Republic

Written by on December 30, 2015

CARPolls have opened in the Central African Republic in delayed presidential and parliamentary elections aimed at restoring stable government after years of turmoil.

Thirty candidates are contesting to replace interim leader Catherine Samba-Panza, though three of the candidates are considered the frontrunners for the presidency.

The CAR has been torn by sectarian violence since the Muslim Seleka alliance seized power in March 2013 although a band of mostly Christian militias, called the anti-Balaka, later took up arms against the Seleka.

Observers say a second round is likely and expected to be held by the end of January next year. Elections are also taking place for the one hundred and five seat of the National Assembly.

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