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C.A.R. sets February 14 as new date for 2nd round of presidential elections

C.A.R. sets February 14 as new date for 2nd round of presidential elections

Central African Republic

The second round of presidential elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) which were originally scheduled for Sunday then postponed due to organizational problems will take place on February 14.

The announcement was made in the country’s national radio channel. CAR held presidential and legislative elections on December 30.

In the presidential elections former prime ministers Anicet Georges Dologuele and Faustin Archange Touadera came out on top and are due to face off in the second round.

Dologuele won 23.74 percent of the vote in the first round on December 30, trailed by Touadera, who picked up 19.05 percent.

With advise from the National Authority elections (NSA ) body, the country’s transitional president Catherine Samba Panza said that February 14 had been set as the date for the second round of presidential elections and for the first round of parliamentary elections which had also been cancelled due to what was termed as massive irregularities.

Central African Republic was plunged into chaos after former President François Bozizé was overthrown in March 2013.

Optimism is high that the elections will bring peace in the country which is among the poorest in the world.

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