Central African Republic President Touadera Wins New Term, Says Electoral Commission


Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera was reelected in the first round of the December 27 election with 53.9 percent of the vote, the electoral commission announced Monday, delivering results that must be officially validated by the constitutional court after possible appeals.

In a field of 15 contenders, the runner-up was former Prime Minister Anicet Georges Dologuele, who scored 21.01 percent. Dologuele immediately cried foul, telling AFP, "It's a farce. There were many irregularities and instances of fraud."

The constitutional court will validate the result after any disputes are resolved. Last Wednesday, the opposition called for the vote to be annulled, calling it badly flawed.

The presidential election, which coincided with legislative polls, took place against the backdrop of a new offensive by a coalition of armed rebel groups, with thousands of voters unable to cast their ballots. Unrest has persisted since the election, and rebels seized the city of Bangassou, some 750 kilometers (470 miles) east of the capital Bangui, on Sunday.

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France 24