Voters head to polls in Central African Republic

Published: Wednesday 30th December 2015 by The News Editor

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Thousands lined up in the Central African Republic’s capital have started voting with hope that a new president will lead to more stability after years of violence.

Voters are choosing a president from a list of 30 candidates to replace transitional leader Catherine Samba-Panza, who was put in place in January 2014 to lead the nation to a poll, which has been delayed several times.

More than 1.8 million people are expected to vote at more than 500 polling stations.

UN peacekeepers and police have been deployed to safeguard polls where violence threatened voters during a referendum on December 13, which was seen as a test for these national elections.

The Central African Republic has been torn by violence since March 2013 when a largely Muslim alliance of rebel groups overthrew the president.

Published: Wednesday 30th December 2015 by The News Editor

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