Central African Republic Holds Elections Amid National Violence

The Central African Republic (CAR) went on with its presidential and legislative elections despite a series of attacks from rebel groups in recent weeks,

The Central African Republic (CAR) went on with its presidential and legislative elections despite a series of attacks from rebel groups in recent weeks, 

“This morning, they (rebels) started firing, hoping to scare people away from voting. Yes, in certain areas, it is difficult but in many other areas, you can see people going out massively to vote,” said UN CAR Mission Head Mankeur Ndiaye.

Several opposition candidates and the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC) have called for the elections to be delayed, but the CAR government and the United Nations have rejected the call.

President Faustin-Archange Touadera, who is seeking a second term drew threats and attacks from the CPC and armed groups who said that they are planning on marching to Bangui to disrupt the election.

Last Saturday,  three UN peacekeepers were already killed but the elections authority, ANE, said that the vote will go on no matter what happens.

Former president Francois Bozize planned on running again but was barred by the Constitutional Court. 

Authorities suspected that Bozize is plotting another coup as he did before and is inciting his supporters and the CPC  to commit violence. 

The CPC  has reportedly seized the city of Bambari last week but was repelled by Russian and Rwandan troops.


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