Central African Republic votes in election to restore democracy

Central African Republic votes in election to restore democracy


Lines formed in the capital Bangui as well as in the predominantly Muslim PK- 5. We should put a stop to the battle,” said businessman Gradias Vara.

Predominantly Muslim rebels from a group known as the Seleka captured power in the bulk Christian country in early 2013, triggering reprisals in the Christian anti-balaka militias that activated a cycle of spiritual and inter-communal killings.

Thirty candidates are competing for the presidency however in the lack of an incumbent or opinion polls, it’s difficult to call a winner. Top nominees include former prime ministers Anicet- Martin Ziguele and Georges Dologuele.

Ziguele received a boost when anti-balaka militias that have formed the Central African Party of Development and Unity said they’d support his candidacy. Other nominees include Bilal Desire Nzanga, and former Foreign Minister Karim Meckassoua – the son of a former president, Kolingba.

Violence in Bangui in September, and the chaos, have pressured authorities to delay the surveys. Some have cast doubt on if the election might be organised.