Voting Begins In CAR Presidential Elections

It is hoped the election will put the CAR back on the road to democracy.
It is hoped the election will put the CAR back on the road to democracy.

It is hoped the election will put the CAR back on the road to democracy.

Polling stations opened on Wednesday in a presidential election in Central African Republic aimed at restoring democratic rule in a divided country gripped by years of violence in which thousands have died, witnesses said. Thirty candidates are competing  for the presidency. In the absence of opinion polls or an incumbent, a likely winner is difficult to predict, but leading candidates include former prime minister Anicet-Georges Dologuele and Martin Ziguele. Elections are also taking place for the 105-seat National Assembly. The CAR has been torn by sectarian violence since the Muslim Seleka alliance seized power in March 2013. A band of mostly Christian militias, called the anti-Balaka, then took up arms against the Seleka. In January 2014, a transitional government formed but elections have been postponed four times since February 2015 due to insecurity and logistical challenges. 

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