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BREAKING: Central African republic president Touadera wins re-election

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Central African Republic President, Faustin-Archange Touadera has been re-elected for another five-year term, according to provisional results from the December 27 elections.

The polls were overshadowed by violence and rebel attacks in the mineral-rich but impoverished former French administered country of over five million people.

The Electoral Commission declared Touadera, 63, winner with 53.9% of the votes.

Opposition candidate Anicet-Georges Dologuele came second with 21.1%, while Martin Ziguele placed third with 7.4%.

A rebel coalition from the opposition had called for a delay to the vote, but International observers said the voting process went well especially in the capital Bangui.

Violence disrupted the electoral process in much of the hinterlands despite the presence of some 12,000 UN peacekeepers and reinforcements sent in by Russia and Rwanda following rebel attacks on the eve of the polls.

Touadera’s government blames the unrest on former President Francois Bozize, who ruled the country from 2003 until he was ousted in 2013.

Bozize, a former rebel leader returned from exile in 2019 but was banned from running in the election. He has been accused of coup plotting and rallying armed groups to destabilize the country, but denies the charges.

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