Polls Open In The Central African Republic To Choose New Leader

 Polls Open In The Central African Republic To Choose New Leader

Polls have opened in the Central African Republic (CAR) to choose a new President and Parliament amid fears as the Government tries to hold off a rebel advance on the capital, Bangui.

Armed groups hostile to President Faustin-Archange Touadera who is seeking a second term have stepped up attacks since the Constitutional Court rejected several candidates including former President Francois Bozize earlier this month.

Touadera is considered the favourite in the field of 17 candidates; his main challenger is Anicet Georges Dologuele, a former Prime Minister who finished runner-up in 2016 and is supported by former President Bozize.

The election will go to a second round if no candidate receives more than 50 per cent of the vote.

TINU

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