CAR president Touadera wins second term

By Al Jazeera

Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera has won a second term in office, according to provisional results announced by the electoral commission.

Touadera was re-elected in the first round of the December 27 presidential vote with 53.9 percent of the votes, the National Election Authority said on Monday.

The vote, and its aftermath, have been marked by violence and the formation of a rebel coalition amid calls from the opposition to delay the poll.

International observers noted the vote in the capital went well, but violence prevented many from voting in other parts of the country, despite the presence of peacekeeping soldiers and reinforcements sent in by Russia and Rwanda after a pre-election attack.

The results must now be officially validated by the Constitutional Court, which will field appeals.

The announcement of provisional results comes as armed violence mounts outside the capital, including an attack by rebels on Saturday on Touadera’s second home in Damara, a locality more than 75km (47 miles) from Bangui.

The attack was repulsed by the Central African Armed Forces with the support of Russian, Rwandan and Congolese soldiers who came to the Central African Republic as part of military cooperation with the nation.

Touadera has blamed former president Francois Bozize for the deadly electoral unrest.

“At the head of this association of criminals is former president François Bozize supported by his political allies,” he said.

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