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CAR President to be sworn-in on Wednesday

CAR President to be sworn-in on Wednesday

Central African Republic

The President-elect of the Central African Republic(CAR), Faustin Archange Touadera will be officially sworn-in as head of state on Wednesday, March 30.

This is after the Transitional Constitutional Court in the country confirmed the provisional results of the second round of the 14 February presidential election.

Touadera scooped 62 percent of the votes against his main rival Anicet Dologuele.

Touadera’s campaign focused on restoring security. He vowed to encourage reconciliation and disarmament in a country that has been through a period of violent sectarian unrest since 2013.

Lewis Mudge, a researcher at International rights organization- Human Rights Watch (HRW) said President Touadera’s new government needs to break the cycles of impunity that drive the violence and make protecting civilians a priority.

Mudge said the outgoing transitional government cooperated with the International Criminal Court (ICC) and adopted a law to create a Special Criminal Court with national and international judges to try cases of serious human rights crimes and to hold those responsible to account.

A strong endorsement and action plan to support and advance the work of both the ICC and the Special Criminal Court, Mudge said, will demonstrate that President Touadera is also committed to ending this violence and to justice for the victims.